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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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South Steps Fridays ends with successful Veterans salute

Aug 12, 2015

The inaugural season of South Steps Fridays ended August 7 with a rousing salute to Veterans, complete with live music, colorful flags and beautiful weather.

Several hundred Veterans, state employees and Statehouse visitors participated in the two-hour event. Nearly 20 state and local organizations provided information about services and programs for Veterans, while members of the Commanding General’s Mounted Color Guard from Fort Riley’s 1st Infantry Division were on the grounds with their horses. The soldiers wore cavalry uniforms from the 1800s when Fort Riley was a frontier outpost.South Steps Fridays Veterans Salute

Groups participating included vehicles and soldiers from the Kansas National Guard, KanVet, the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum, Kansas Honor Flight, Heroes on the Water, the Military Veterans Project, Team Red White and Blue, the Kansas Lottery, Employee Support of the Guard and Reserve and the Kansas Commission on Veterans Affairs.

Music was provided by the KU Jazz Combo I from the University of Kansas’ School of Music. The performance was sponsored by Reach Out Kansas Inc., and Senator and Mrs. Jim Denning. Students from Topeka High School’s Marine Corps JRTC program put U.S. Flags around the grounds to give Veterans a proper salute.

John Milburn, Director of Legislative and Public Affairs for the Department of Administration, said the event was well received and many of the participants were already looking for ways to make the celebration bigger and better in 2016.

“This first season of South Steps Fridays exceeded our expectations,” Milburn said. “We were looking to create an event that would become a noon-time destination for state employees and visitors to the Capitol Complex. I think we are well on our way to establishing just such an event. South Steps Fridays Veterans Salute 

Milburn said groups had expressed interest in coming back in 2016 and working to find ways to bring even more people to the Capitol Complex to showcase the renovated Statehouse, as well as provide a festive environment for families to have a summer lunch. 

“We were fortunate to establish some great relationships within state government, Topeka and the greater northeast Kansas community,” he said. “I look forward to what we can accomplish next year to make this event a must-do for anyone looking to come to the Kansas Statehouse.”


South Steps Fridays Veterans Salute