RE: Policy vs Procedure?

Subject: RE: Policy vs Procedure?
From: "Harry Bacheler" <hbacheler -at- geo -dot- census -dot- gov>
To: "Anthony Markatos" <tonymar -at- hotmail -dot- com>, "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 2 Mar 2000 11:12:26 -0500


I got the following from the << >> website. (Merriam-Webster)

I think that this will answer your question better than anything that I can


Main Entry: 1pol·i·cy
Pronunciation: 'pä-l&-sE
Function: noun
Inflected Form(s): plural -cies
Usage: often attributive
Etymology: Middle English policie government, policy, from Middle French,
government, regulation, from Late Latin politia
Date: 15th century
1 a : prudence or wisdom in the management of affairs b : management or
procedure based primarily on material interest
2 a : a definite course or method of action selected from among alternatives
and in light of given conditions to guide and determine present and future
decisions b : a high-level overall plan embracing the general goals and
acceptable procedures especially of a governmental body


Main Entry: pro·ce·dure
Pronunciation: pr&-'sE-j&r
Function: noun
Etymology: French procédure, from Middle French, from proceder
Date: circa 1611
1 a : a particular way of accomplishing something or of acting b : a step in
a procedure
2 a : a series of steps followed in a regular definite order <legal
procedure> <a surgical procedure> b : a series of instructions for a
computer that has a name by which it can be called into action
3 a : a traditional or established way of doing things b : PROTOCOL 3a


Main Entry: standard operating procedure
Function: noun
Date: 1952
: established or prescribed methods to be followed routinely for the
performance of designated operations or in designated situations -- called
also standing operating procedure

Harry M. Bacheler, Jr.
VGS, Inc.

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> -----Original Message-----
> From: bounce-techwr-l-20951 -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com
> [mailto:bounce-techwr-l-20951 -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com]On Behalf Of Anthony
> Markatos
> Sent: Wednesday, 01 March, 2000 06:37 PM
> Subject: Policy vs Procedure?
> Question for all listserv members:
> What is the difference between a Policy and a Procedure?
> Thanks,
> Tony Markatos
> (tonymar -at- hotmail -dot- com)

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