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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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KDOA pleased with turnout at Surplus Property Open House

Jun 09, 2014

On Friday, June 6, the KDOA invited local citizens and state workers to an after-hours Open House at the Surplus Property facility. The event was held in conjunction with Topeka's First Friday Art Walk with the hope of introducing more potential users to the State Surplus program.

shoppers wait in a checkout line“We had 100 people register when they came through the door, but there was a couple of dozen people there before 5 p.m.,” said Todd Fertig, Director of Public Affairs. “And there were also several who didn’t register, plus children. So I would guess the number who came was quite a bit higher than 100 people in total.”

Everything in the building was for sale to the public, with different discounts on certain items.  In all, 250 items were sold with a total of $9,546.25.

“We were very pleased by the response we got, both from the number of people who came between 5 and 7, and their enthusiasm about our inventory,” said Cheryl Buxton, Deputy Director of Printing, Central Mail and Surplus Property. “Our staff, particularly Wayne Osborn, Bill Lorson, Marian Schuette and Brad Schooler, deserve a lot of credit. They worked very hard to make the event such a success.”

For those unable to make it to the open house, the surplus facility is open from 8 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday for the public to browse the state surplus inventory. The facility is located in a warehouse in Topeka just off I-70 and MacVicar at 2830 SW Kanza Drive. Inventory at KDOA surplus property may be viewed at State Surplus Catalog.