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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

Summer kicks off with 1st South Steps Fridays event

Jun 15, 2015
KU Jazz Combo ICool was the word of the day: cool temperatures, cool jazz and a cool setting for the first South Steps Fridays event at the Kansas Statehouse.

Employees from across the Capitol Complex spent their lunch listening to the sounds of the KU Jazz Combo I and browsing the information provided by the State Library of Kansas, Visit Topeka, Audio Reader, K-Tag and the Lecompton Historical Society. Three members of the historical society also were dressed in period clothing to tell the story of early Kansas history.

The event was the first of a series of Friday events designed to encourage state employees, visitors and others working near the Capitol Complex to enjoy music and learn about various organizations over the lunch hour.

Jump start your weekend at the next South Steps Fridays event on June 26, which will feature more music from University of Kansas students courtesy of Reach Out Kansas, Inc. Organizations scheduled to participate include the Friends of the Kaw, the Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, Visit Topeka, Shawnee County Public Library, the Kansas Water Office and Kansas Department of Transportation.

Learning about LecomptonFor more information, visit the South Steps Fridays Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/southstepsfridays.