What is "Were in order" here?

"And now Patti was telling her boss that Mark Penn and Mandy Grunwald said that if Clinton was considering entering the race, some systematic steps were in order, and they were ready to help her take them."
‘...some systematic steps were appropriate...’

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It means that the systematic steps were necessary.

Another way of saying this: "In order to enter the race, Clinton needed to take some systematic steps"

Since she got a bad grade on the test, some studying seemed to be in order.
Hi Andromeda, it means that "in order" as the same meaning of this word "were necessary"?
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Yes, except it is less urgent.