- What is PC-biz?
- Features of PC-Biz
- Advantages of creating an account
- How to access the business?
- Where can I find Spanish and Korean translations?
PC-biz is the web program that has been designed to display and follow the business of a General Assembly meeting. The program currently contains the history of the business of the past 4 assemblies, as well as the upcoming 221st assembly that will be held in Detroit this summer.
It includes the text of the overtures and other recommendations that have been forwarded to the assembly - and it tracks the business as it moves through the assembly meeting, noting whether the recommendation was amended, approved, or disapproved. Finally, it serves as an archive or reference after the assembly has met.
There are two easy ways to get to the PC-biz site:
- Click on the big link on the 221st General Assembly page (pcusa.org/ga221)
- or you can go directly to pc-biz.org.
Once you arrive at pc biz you’ll be on the home page. The components of this page include the User Login Area in the upper right hand corner of the page;
A list of recent activity in the main body of the page, displaying items that have been added or acted most recently;
On the right hand side of the page is a scrolling list of announcement titles. By clicking on one of those titles, the entire announcement appears at the top of that column;
Next to that column is a SessionSync button (more information about this feature will be covered separately);
and Finally, a set of tabs to take you to other pages in the program. Let's quickly run through those tabs so you'll know what's there.
First is the Explorer tab. By clicking on this tab, you can access all the business before the upcoming or previous assemblies by using the search function.
The next main tab is labeled "Committees" and it provides an outline of the business assigned to that assembly committee - as well as the membership of the committee, the committee's schedule, and when they've finished their work, the consent agenda items they'll bring to plenary.
The next tab is labeled "Resources" and includes documents that you may find helpful when preparing for the assembly and other reference materials, like the current Book of Order, The Book of Confessions, and even documents like PC-biz Frequently Asked Questions.
The final tab is "SessionSync." By clicking here you'll have an opportunity to "sync" with the plenary meeting when it is in session. What that means is that the system will refresh your screen whenever the assembly moves to a new item of business. It means you won't have to go frantically looking for the next item of business on your own but that the system will display the item of business currently under consideration. In addition, this feature will work in most committee meetings as well, so if you sync to a committee, you'll see your screen refresh whenever a new item of business becomes the topic of consideration.
Advantages of creating an account
Anyone can navigate through PC-Biz without logging into the system. However, there are two strong advantages to being logged into the system:
- the ability to make notes on items as you read through them, and
- the ability to create your own "watch" list of items you want to keep an eye on.
If you've ever registered for an account in PC-biz, it is still active, so you have no need to create a new account. If you've not registered, simply click on "Register a New User" button on the home page. You'll simply need to complete the registration form and click on "Register." You log onto the system using the fields in the upper right hand corner of the screen.
Now that we're logged into the system, let's go to an item. You'll notice now that on the orange bar at the top of the item, you'll find a button labeled "Notes." A click there will provide a space for a quick note, click on "Add Note" and it’s done. The next time you want to see or erase that note, just click again on "Notes" where you'll have the opportunity to add an additional note.
On the orange bar, we see another button labeled "Printer Friendly View" where you can print (using your browser's print function) that item without the graphics. The final button on the orange bar is labeled "Stop Watching This Item." Clicking it will put it on a watch list. Once clicked, it will read "Watch this Item."
Returning to the home screen, we now can see the links to those items you’re watching or those items on which we have written notes.
One final note, there is a help button in the system in which you may send us a note if you need assistance.
By clicking on the explorer tab, you can access all the business before the assembly by using the search function. A search can be basic or more detailed, using the "More Options" link. If you simply click on the "Search" button, you'll get a list of all the business that's been submitted and posted for the upcoming assembly. Scroll down the list in the Search Results window, and select any of the links to read through that item of business.
Open 221st General Assembly (2014) item OVT-003
With an item on the screen you'll see that the information at the top of the window (with a gray background) will tell you who proposed the item and to which committee it will be assigned. In the box on the right side of the page, you'll find the different components of an item. This item has three components: recommendation, rationale, and two additional resources.
In order to view the other components that an item might have after it’s been through the assembly process open an item from the 220th General Assembly (2012). You will need to go back to the explorer tab and select this past assembly from the list.
Open 220th General Assembly (2012) item 10-03
Here we see at the top of the item the final action taken by the assembly.
Below it is the recommendation that came from the assembly committee to which this item was assigned.
This is followed by the original recommendation and rationale.
Next is a component called "Financial Implications" that gives you the cost of approving this particular item. Below that are comments that were made on this item from various entities or standing committees. And then there is a list of other presbyteries who concurred with the original recommendation.
Remember that you'll find a list of all the item's components in the blue box at the top of the window.
Where can I find Spanish and Korean translations?
All overtures received are being translated into both Spanish and Korean. These can be found in the blue box at the top of the window. Click on the “Additional Resources” link. Overtures are being translated as quickly as possible.