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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

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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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South Steps Fridays heats up as summer rolls along

Jun 21, 2016

Excitement continues to build for the second season of South Steps Fridays as the events hit the midway point of summer.

More than 20 organizations are scheduled to participate starting at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 24, at the Kansas Statehouse, including several related to keeping children safe during the upcoming Fourth of July festivities. Live music will be provided by the Jazz Combo from the University of Kansas’ School of Music.

Several food vendors are anticipated to be parked along 10th Street in front of the Statehouse, as well.

“We have been pleased with the interest we have received thus far for South Steps,” said John Milburn, Director of Legislative and Public Affairs for the Department of Administration. “Our crowds continue to grow and more and more groups are stepping forward to participate.”

The events take place under the shade trees on the south side of the beautifully restored Kansas Statehouse. Music begins at 11 a.m. and concludes at 1 p.m. Previous South Steps events have focused on outdoor attractions and a salute to veterans.

Upcoming events include a focus on Kansas agriculture on July 1, complete with bacon samples cooked right on the South Steps by the Kansas Pork Association.

“This is a fun way to come see the Kansas Statehouse, enjoy live music and your lunch and kickoff the weekend in what we hope becomes THE place to be during the summer on Fridays in downtown Topeka,” Milburn said.

All events are free to the public. Find us on Facebook or at our web site by clicking here.