Agency Assessment of Mandates

“[A]ll agencies… shall conduct an assessment of all mandates imposed on local governments administered by the agency to determine which mandates, if any, may be altered or eliminated.” (Section 2.2-613, Code of Virginia)

“If an assessment reveals that such mandates may be altered or eliminated without undue threat to the health, safety and welfare of the residents of the Commonwealth, the Commission [on Local Government] shall so advise the Governor and the General Assembly…” (Section 15.2-2903, Code of Virginia)

The mandates are described in the Catalog of State and Federal Mandates on Local Governments, which the commission updates annually.  Executive Order 58, signed by Governor Kaine on Oct. 11, 2007, governs the assessment of mandates by state executive agencies. EO 58 rescinded Executive Memorandum 1-98, which previously guided the assessment process.

“The Commission on Local Government shall distribute copies of all completed assessments received from state agencies to the Governor, the Secretary of Commerce and Trade, the Clerks of the House of Delegates and Senate, the Virginia Association of Counties (VACo) and the Virginia Municipal League (VML) and to other interested parties upon request.” (Section B(1)(f), EO 58)

In accordance with EO 58, the commission annually establishes a mandate assessment schedule for state agencies.  The schedule is subject to the Governor’s approval.  The commission publishes the schedule in the Virginia Register of Regulations (go to the General Notices section), distributes it to the agencies responsible for assessing the mandates, and posts it on this website.  In addition, the commission distributes the schedule to the Clerks of the House of Delegates and Senate, VACo and VML.

Only the following types of mandates are subject to assessment:

  • New and newly-identified mandates that have been in effect for at least 24 months;
  • Existing mandates that have revised to the extent that they constitute new mandates and have been in effect for at least 24 months; and
  • Other mandates that the commission, after considering input from stakeholders, has decided should be reassessed.

Local governments are invited to submit their comments on mandates currently under assessment.  Information on the fiscal impact of the mandates is particularly welcome.

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FY 2017-2018 Schedule of Assessment Periods for 
Executive Agency Assessment of Catalogued Mandates
Catalog Number Short Title Assessment Dates
Begin End
SCT.DOLI007 Voluntary Protection Program 07/01/2017 09/30/2017
SHHR.CSA002 Referrals and Reviews of Children and Families 09/01/2017 11/30/2017
SHHR.CSA003 Appeals for Youth and Families Involving Family Services Plans 09/01/2017 11/30/2017
SHHR.DSS079 Child Day Center and Family Day Home Business License Report 09/01/2017 11/30/2017
SHHR.DSS080 Putative Father Registry Search 09/01/2017 11/30/2017
SHHR.VDH032 Emergency Medical Services Criminal History Record Information 07/01/2017 10/31/2017
SHHR.VDH033 Biannual Rabies Vaccination Clinic 07/01/2017 10/31/2017
SNR.DEQ022 Virginia Pollution Abatement Permit 07/01/2017 09/30/2017
SNR.DEQ047 Living Shorelines Loans 10/01/2017 12/31/2017
SNR.DEQ048 Regional Emissions Control Programs 08/01/2017 10/31/2017
SOE.DOE016 Records of Non-Resident Students with Disabilities 07/01/2017 08/31/2017
SOE.DOE026 Local School Division Policies 07/01/2017 08/31/2017
SOE.DOE139 Staff Training for Aides working with Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders 07/01/2017 08/31/2017
SOE.DOE146 School Board Record-Keeping Requirements 07/01/2017 08/31/2017
SPSHS.DFS002 DNA Samples Required from Certain Convicted Persons 07/01/2017 09/30/2017
SPSHS.VDEM016 Tax, Fee, and Registration Exemption for Out-of-State Disaster/Emergency Related Businesses 10/01/2017 12/31/2017


FY 2016-2017 Schedule of Assessment Periods for
Executive Agency Assessment of Catalogued Mandates
Catalog Number Short Title Assessment Dates
Begin End
SFIN.TAX014 Tax Exemption for Certified Pollution Control, Recycling, and Solar Energy Equipment and Facilities 07/01/2016 09/30/2016
SFIN.TAX020 Real Property Tax Exemption or Deferrals for the Elderly and Disabled 08/01/2016 10/31/2016
SFIN.TAX021 Food and Beverage and Meals Tax Exemption for Nonprofit Fundraising Sales 09/01/2016 11/30/2016
SHHR.DSS031 Child Protective Services  03/01/2017 05/31/2017
SHHR.DSS076 Provision of Independent Living Services for Current or Former Children in Foster Care 09/01/2016 11/30/2016
SHHR.DSS077 Written Interagency Agreements with Local School Divisions for Investigating Child Abuse and Neglect 03/01/2017 05/31/2017
SHHR.VDH030 Disposition of Dead Bodies 10/01/2016 12/31/2016
SNR.DEQ045 Stormwater Local Assistance Funds 09/01/2016 11/30/2016
SNR.DGIF008 Wildlife Displayed in Schools 07/01/2016 09/30/2016
SNR.MRC001 Wetlands Zoning Ordinance in Tidewater 04/01/2017 06/30/2017
SOE.DOE004 Teacher License Required 07/01/2016 08/31/2016
SOE.DOE140 Eligibility of Students in Military Families for Interscholastic Programs 09/01/2016 10/31/2016
SOE.DOE141 School Health 07/01/2016 08/31/2016
SOE.DOE144 Public School Security Equipment Grant Act 07/01/2016 08/31/2016
SOE.DOE145 Supplementary Written Historical Materials 09/01/2016 10/31/2016
SPSHS.DCJS033 Sexual Assault Services Program 04/01/2017 06/30/2017