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Office of Public Affairs

Welcome to the Office of Public Affairs. The office is charged with executing internal and external communications for the Department of Administration, including contact with media, assisting with Kansas Open Records Act requests and coordinating with other agency public information officers. The agency publishes a monthly newsletter, Connected, that is distributed to all Department of Administration employees.

The office also serves as the legislative liaison between the agency and the Kansas Legislature. The office works with legislators, the governor's office and other state agencies on policy matters and provides information to help guide decisions.

South Steps FridaysIn addition, the Office of Public Affairs coordinates the annual South Steps Fridays at the Kansas Statehouse. The event, complete with live music, provided through a partnership with the University of Kansas School of Music and Reach Out Kansas, and a variety of informational displays, provides a venue for visiting the beautiful and historic Kansas Statehouse and kick off the weekend. Learn about exciting and diverse Kansas attractions and organizations. Events are held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. every other Friday from the end of May until early August.  The events and space for providing information booths are free of charge.

Contact:
John Milburn, Director of Legislative and Public Affairs, 785.296.6866

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If you are planning a trip to Topeka to visit the Kansas Statehouse or other state office buildings, you can download a copy of the map of the area, including a location of state agencies housed in the Capitol Complex. Enjoy your visit. 

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South Steps Fridays concludes with back-to-school theme

Aug 10, 2016
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TOPEKA _ A summer of music and fun winds down this week with the final South Steps Fridays of the season. This week’s theme will be “Back to School” with more than 30 organizations taking part to send students back to the classroom.

The event, hosted by the Kansas Department of Administration, takes place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the South Steps of the Kansas Statehouse. Music is provided by the KU Jazz Combo, sponsored by Reach Out Kansas Inc.

More than 30 organizations, including the six Regents universities, Washburn and Baker, are scheduled to participate in the event. There will be give-aways by the participants, including two backpacks loaded with school supplies provided by staff from the Department of Administration and Trampo Lazer Rockball Park in Topeka.

Several area museums will also be participating, including the Lecompton historic site and the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site.

Heartland Park Topeka will have two dirt track cars and drivers on hand, as well.

“This has been a tremendous summer and we are so pleased with the growth in this event,” said John Milburn, Director of Legislative and Public Affairs for the Department of Administration. “We hope this has been as much fun for our guests and partners as it has been for us. We want this to become a summer tradition in Topeka for state employees, downtown visitors and guests from all across Kansas.”

There is no charge to attend the event. Visitors are invited to bring their lunch and lawn chairs to listen to the music and enjoy the grounds of the Statehouse. Food truck vendors are also available along 10th Street in front of the Statehouse.

For more information about the event, follow South Steps Fridays on Facebook or on Twitter at @SouthStepsFri.