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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.

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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Statehouse architect honored in Senate for work on restoration effort

Mar 19, 2014

Barry Greis with wife Sandy and Sens Hensley and WagleLongtime Statehouse Architect Barry Greis was recognized on the Senate floor on Wednesday, March 19, for his commitment to the preservation and restoration of the Kansas State Capitol.

Senate Democratic Leader Anthony Hensley and Senate President Susan Wagle commended and congratulated Greis in the formal gathering of their fellow senators before presenting him with a proclamation for overseeing the Capitol restoration project, which took 13 years and cost $332 million.

“Barry has been the glue that held this project together,” said Hensley, in whose district Greis resides. “He kept this project on its steady course, answered tough questions, and kept the faith to see it through. He is a great Kansan.”

Accompanied by his wife, Sandy, Greis was recognized not only for his work on the Statehouse renovation, but for many years of service to the state in various capacities.

Greis has served the State of Kansas as a former deputy director of the Division of Facilities Management; former assistant to the Secretary of Health and Environment for internal management; and a former project manager for the renovation of Cedar Crest, the governor’s residence.

“Barry’s commitment to restoring the Kansas Capitol to its original grandeur never wavered,” Wagle said. “We are truly thankful for his dedication to the project.”