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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

Visiting Topeka
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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News releases

Governor Lauds Simons for Saving State Money

Jun 04, 2013
For Immediate Release
Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Contact Chuck Knapp
785-342-6510

Governor Brownback thanks State employee for saving taxpayer money

TOPEKA — Governor Sam Brownback, on behalf of Kansas taxpayers, today presented Chris Simons with a check for $1,025. Simons, who works in the Kansas Department of Administration, suggested the installation of motion activated paper towel dispensers. Her idea saved the State of Kansas $10,255 last year.

“I am delighted to present Chris with this check to reward her dedication to her job and commitment to Kansas taxpayers,” said Governor Brownback. “Chris’ suggestion has reduced costs and the amount of trash in our landfills.”

Brownback has put a renewed focus on the State’s Employee Suggestion Program, which rewards employees who suggest an idea that saves the State money over a documented 12-month period. The employee receives ten percent of the savings, the agency receives ten percent and the remaining balance of the first-year savings goes
to the State General Fund. All future savings are realized 100 percent by the State.

Interim Secretary of Administration Mark J. McGivern said he was proud of Simons and the work of the entire agency.

“Chris Simons implemented this idea because it was the right thing to do for Kansas taxpayers. She and numerous colleagues in the Department of Administration come to work every day dedicated to making government more efficient and less complicated,” McGivern said.

Simons, who has worked for the State of Kansas 13 years, received an oversized check from Brownback and a certificate of appreciation.