The ABC of the NRA

By Charles L. Dearing; Paul T. Homan et al. | Go to book overview

CHAPTER IV
ADMINISTRATIVE ORGANIZATION

Immediately upon approval of the Act (June 19) the Administration set out to place the operations of American trade and industry under codes of fair competition within the shortest possible period. What was needed was an administrative organization competent to cope with such problems as could be immediately envisaged and flexible enough to be adjusted to new problems as they arose. There was no precedent in government administrative experience to serve as a pattern for the type of organization needed, and it was impossible to anticipate the multiplicity of problems which were to develop later in the process of making and administering codes and agreements. Consequently, certain divisions and agencies have been set up from time to time and later abolished; functions have been transferred from one division to another; and new divisions have been added. In general this shifting of functions and change in mechanical structure have resulted from the necessity of adapting administrative machinery to the changing character and volume of the Recovery Administration's work. In some instances changes have been made from time to time to correct defects which have appeared in the administrative structure. But the adjustment of administrative machinery to fit the various types of activities carried on by the Recovery Administration accounts for the

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