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.
In 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.
John Milburn, Director of Legislative and Public Affairs, 785.296.6866
Jun 25, 2015
A mix of rock n’ roll and other backyard tunes set the tone for a fun and relaxing picnic as employees gathered for good food and fellowship on the South Steps of the Statehouse lawn for the annual Employee Appreciation Picnic.
The event kicked off early Wednesday, June 24, as grilling began to prepare enough hamburgers and hot dogs to feed around 250 Department of Administration employees. Guests were able to grab a burger and a dog, a bag of chips, a can of soda and find a seat in the shade of the Statehouse lawn. To top it off, desert was provided from the ice cream truck before heading back to work.
Crews from the Office of Facilities and Property Management helped with set up for the event and the department directors helped grill, serve food and keep the buffet lines filled. Crews from the Office of Facilities and Property Management helped with set up for the event and the department directors helped grill, serve food and keep the buffet lines filled.
"It was a beautiful day and a great opportunity to say thanks to our employees for all of the hard work they do to make this agency successful,” said Secretary Jim Clark.