The National Recovery Administration: An Analysis and Appraisal

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CHAPTER IV
ADMINISTRATIVE ORGANIZATION

Within a period of less than two years the National Recovery Administration has developed into a sprawling administrative colossus. In volume and scope its product probably has never been equalled by any peace-time government agency. In its pursuit of the objectives of the Recovery Act, as it interpreted those objectives, the NRA has fixed into law a body of wage and hour legislation for a large portion of the country's employers, controls over production and prices affecting all consumers of commodities, and detailed rules of business ethics and practice.

Employers who, by pre-depression estimates, are the source of employment for some 22 million workers have been made directly subject to its operations. Its jurisdiction runs the full range of industrial and trade activity from the animal soft hair industry code, covering 45 workers, to the retail trade code, holding legal jurisdiction over nearly 3.5 million employees. This has come about through the formulation and approval of 546 codes of fair competition and 185 supplemental codes, filling 18 volumes and 13,000 pages; through the approval of 685 amendments and modifications to these codes; through the issuance of over 11,000 administrative orders interpreting, granting exemptions from, and establishing classifications under the provisions of individual. codes;1 through the issuance of 139 administrative

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The preceding figures are taken from NRA Research and Planning Division, Report on the Operation of the National Industrial Recovery Act, February 1935.

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