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A procedure is

[a] method of performing an operation or a manner of proceeding on a course of action. It differs from policy in that it directs action in a particular situation to perform a specific task within the guidelines of policy. Both policies and procedures are goal-oriented. However, policy establishes limits to action, whereas procedure directs responses within those limits.[1]
a group of methods, consisting of all the steps that are taken to record, analyze, transmit, and store information needed to serve a single, specific purpose.[2]
a detailed step-by-step, task-level definition of actions required to achieve a certain result.[3]


  1. U.S. Department of Justice, Minimum Criminal Intelligence Training Standards for Law Enforcement and Other Criminal Justice Agencies in the United States 44 (Ver. 2) (Oct. 2007) (full-text).
  2. Michigan Dept. of Tech., Management & Budget, 8000 Glossary (Jan. 6, 1997) (full-text).
  3. Newfoundland-Labrador, Office of the Chief Information Officer, Information Management and Information Protection Glossary of Terms (full-text).

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