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.


Contact:
785.296.3011

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News releases

Senate confirms DeAngela Burns-Wallace to lead Department of Administration

Jan 16, 2020

For Immediate Release:

January 16, 2020

Contact:
Samir Arif
785.296.6866
Samir.Arif@ks.gov

Senate confirms DeAngela Burns-Wallace to lead Department of Administration

DeAngela Burns-Wallace The Kansas Senate today unanimously confirmed Dr. DeAngela Burns-Wallace as cabinet secretary for the Kansas Department of Administration.

An official swearing-in ceremony for Burns-Wallace, who has served as acting secretary since July, will take place February 5.

“I would like to thank Governor Kelly for this opportunity to serve the people of Kansas and the Legislature for the bipartisan support my nomination received during this process,” Burns-Wallace said. “It is an honor to be able to work alongside the dedicated men and women of the Department of Administration in meeting the Department’s mission.”

In addition to leading the Department of Administration, Gov. Kelly named Burns-Wallace in August as the chief information technology officer (CITO) for the State of Kansas Executive Branch. Burns-Wallace is the first woman of color to serve as secretary for the department of administration or as executive branch CITO.

Prior to Gov. Kelly’s appointment, Burns-Wallace served as the vice provost for undergraduate studies at the University of Kansas. Her 15-year career in higher education includes positions at the University of Missouri and Stanford University. Burns-Wallace continues to hold faculty appointments at KU, MU and the University of Southern California. Burns-Wallace began her career as a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State. She served Foreign Service tours in Guangzhou and Beijing, China; Pretoria, South Africa; and in Washington D.C.

Burns-Wallace earned a dual bachelor’s degree in international relations and African American studies from Stanford University, a Master of Public Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and a doctorate in education from the University of Pennsylvania.

To download Secretary Burns-Wallace official photo, click here.

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