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Beginning in the late 19th and 20th century, much of regulation in the United States was administered and enforced by regulatory agencies which produced their own administrative law and procedures under the authority of statutes. Legislators created these agencies to allow experts in the industry to focus their attention on the issue. At the federal level, one of the earliest institutions was the Interstate Commerce Commission which had its roots in earlier state-based regulatory commissions and agencies. Later agencies include the Federal Trade Commission , Securities and Exchange Commission , Civil Aeronautics Board , and various other institutions. These institutions vary from industry to industry and at the federal and state level. Individual agencies do not necessarily have clear life-cycles or patterns of behavior, and they are influenced heavily by their leadership and staff as well as the organic law creating the agency. In the 1930s, lawmakers believed that unregulated business often led to injustice and inefficiency; in the 1960s and 1970s, concern shifted to regulatory capture , which led to extremely detailed laws creating the United States Environmental Protection Agency and Occupational Safety and Health Administration .
Key to FINRA's mandate to maintain market integrity is effective, even-handed regulation, which protects investors and other market participants and enhances investor confidence in the markets. Market Regulation meets this mandate with sophisticated surveillance, examination, and enforcement programs. The surveillance units review trading activity to determine whether firms have failed to meet regulatory requirements. The examination unit conducts on-site reviews of firms' compliance with FINRA rules and federal securities laws. The Legal Section is responsible for the disciplinary program. In addition the department refers matters to the Securities and Exchange Commission when the market participant under investigation is not a FINRA member.