What is a Mandate?

A Mandate is an official order to perform a specific action. A Mandate is broken down into a combination of a primary verb and a primary noun.

For example, “turn off the faucet” or “feed the dog” are mandates, with “turn off” or “feed” being primary verbs, and “faucet” or “dog” as primary nouns.

In the Unified Compliance Framework (UCF), mandates are identified and tagged within Citations. Every Citation can contain one or more mandates, but depending on the type of Citation, it is not always required. Stubs, Informational, and Information Gathering Citations are types of Citations that do not contain mandates.

Once a mandate is identified and tagged in the UCF, it is mapped to a harmonized UCF Common Control. This helps compare and contrast mandates across various Authority Documents.

Here is an example of a single citation with two mandates:


Mandate 1


Mandate 2

To read more about mandates, Stubs, Informational, and Information Gathering Citations, check out our FAQ articles Why does this citation have no control? and What is the difference between a stub, informational, and information gathering citation?

To read more about Common Controls, check out our FAQ article What is a Common Control?

To read more about Authority Documents, check out our FAQ article What is an Authority Document?

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