The National Recovery Administration: An Analysis and Appraisal

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CHAPTER VII
AGENCIES FOR CODE ADMINISTRATION

To administer the provisions of the several codes it was necessary to create a new set of administrative bodies. The almost invariable practice was to provide for a "code authority" (other designations are used in some codes) for each basic code. This is the only agency mentioned in the majority of codes. In a considerable minority of codes, however, provision is made for subordinate administrative bodies and for committees of various sorts. A large number of other agencies not mentioned in the codes have actually been created, and other existing agencies have been made parts of the administrative structure.

The pattern of administrative agencies thus created has a more than superficial importance. Among its longer run objectives the Recovery Act was intended to furnish the basis for continuing forms of collective action by business groups. If the code system is to be continued, its administrative structure must be regarded as an extension, of a very novel sort, of the machinery of the federal government.

Very little thought was given to the creation of the structure. In each code negotiation it was recognized that some agency must be responsible for active supervision of the code. Such an agency was designated, presumably representative of the various elements of the industry or trade. It is possible to regard these agencies merely as the several individual bodies responsible for code administration, and to test them merely by the adequacy of their individual performances. A more general and deeper

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