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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 Brownback closes Executive Branch State Offices Feb. 4 due to winter storm

Feb 03, 2014

Governor Brownback's office released the following statement at 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3:

TOPEKA – Governor Sam Brownback today announced State offices in Shawnee County will be closed on Feb. 4, 2014 in advance of a major winter storm predicted to carry with it several inches of snow followed by frigid temperatures and windy conditions.

Closing the offices will affect non-essential Executive Branch employees in the affected counties scheduled to work between 6:00 am, Tuesday, February 4, 2014 to 6:00 a.m., Wednesday, February 5, 2014. 

This declaration does not include state employees in the Board of Regents, Regents Institutions, the Judicial Branch, nor the Legislative Branch of Government. Their designated representative will make a separate declaration for those employees if appropriate.

State employees can find further information at www.kansas.gov/employee.