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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.

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

KBI forensics lab at WU topped out

Sep 25, 2014

4 liftoffLess than five months after hosting a ground-breaking ceremony, Washburn University held a “topping-out” ceremony on Sept. 24 to celebrate progress in the construction of a KBI forensics lab on campus.

A crane hoisted a beam, signed by participants in the ceremony, to the southeast corner of the structure located just off 21st Street and Washburn Ave. As the crowd cheered, the beam was fastened into place.

Six different agencies and organizations are teaming up to make the lab a reality. The 100,000 square foot facility is slated for completion by October of 2015. It will house specific spaces for departments such as biology, DNA, toxicology, chemistry, firearm/tool mark, latent prints, trace evidence and digital forensics, as well as vehicle processing and evidence storage.

The Kansas Department of Administration (KDOA) played a key role in developing a plan whereby Washburn would construct and the KBI lease a new $55 million crime lab. The project brought together not just the KBI, the university and the KDOA, but also the Topeka Public Building Commission, the Attorney General’s office and the City of Topeka.

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