In the News

Click for more news articles about the Department of Administration and Kansas government.

IMGP4278 IMGP4272 IMGP4276 IMGP4280 IMGP4281 IMGP4283 IMGP4284 IMGP4285 IMGP4287 IMGP4290 IMGP4297 IMGP4295 IMGP4298 IMGP4300 IMGP4304 IMGP4302 IMGP4308 IMGP4318 IMGP4311 IMGP4306 IMGP4294 IMGP4309 IMGP4313 IMGP4314 IMGP4319 IMGP4303 IMGP4321 IMGP4293

Stay Connected
Read about happenings in the Department of Administration in our monthly newsletter.

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. 

View from north

News releases

Repealer Looking for Suggestions at State Fair

Oct 22, 2013
TOPEKA – Kansans taking in the 2013 State Fair in Hutchinson will not only have a chance to shake hands with elected officials, view prize winning livestock and enjoy the rides on the midway; this year they can offer ideas on what Kansas laws and regulations should be repealed. The Office of the Repealer will be accepting suggestions at Governor Sam Brownback’s booth in the Meadowlark building.

The Office of the Repealer was established in 2011 by Brownback in an effort to reduce barriers to economic growth and job creation by repealing onerous laws and regulations. Over the past three legislative sessions, numerous antiquated statutes have been eliminated, but the Repealer is looking to the public for ideas that will have a significant impact on further improving the business climate in Kansas. In addition to the website at http://repealer.ks.gov, the Department of Administration, in which the Office of the Repealer resides, decided to reach out to Kansans at the state’s annual gathering.

“The State Fair draws a broad cross-section of Kansans, who will have a variety of experiences in dealing with government,” said Chuck Knapp, Director of Operations and Public Affairs for the Department of Administration. “We believe we can get some common sense suggestions from Kansans, who know first-hand how government policies inhibit their ability to create jobs, start businesses or raise their families.”

Knapp said Secretary of Administration Jim Clark is hopeful several ideas from the Fair will result in legislation for the 2014 legislative session in January.

“Secretary Clark would like to see Kansans who offer suggestions at the Fair show up in Topeka next year to see their ideas signed into law by Governor Brownback. That would be a tremendous testament to a process that encourages citizen participation in government,” Knapp said.

The Kansas State Fair runs through September 15 in Hutchinson.

-30-