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
Sep 15, 2015
Governor Sam Brownback joined with the Kansas Department of Administration on Thursday, Sept. 10, in honoring more than state employees who have served the state for more than 40 years.
Brownback and KDOA Acting Secretary Sarah L. Shipman awarded an official service pin celebrating the longevity of each honoree who completed either 40 or 50 years of service during the past fiscal year 2015. The ceremony was held in the first floor rotunda of the Kansas Statehouse in Topeka.
Two individuals were honored for 50 years of service. They were Buddy Johns from Wichita State University and Kathleen Hackett from the Department of Administration's Office of Personnel Services. A third, Bobby J. Gassmann, retired in March with more than 50 years of service to the Kansas Department of Transportation. Gassmann didn't attend the ceremony.
Bios of 40-, 50-year service honorees