Atlanta, Georgia - Today in Atlanta, Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) William R. Brownfield will launch a formal partnership between the Department of State and a U.S. public defender’s office, signing an agreement with Atlanta Judicial Circuit Public Defender Vernon Pitts. We are grateful to the Atlanta Judicial Circuit Public Defender’s Office and the Fulton County Board of Governors for their support in entering into this partnership.

Washington, DC - Social Security turns 80 this year and acting Commissioner Carolyn W. Colvin has announced that the agency plans a variety of celebratory events to mark the occasion.  Ms. Colvin said a new Web site has been established that is dedicated to the Social Security Administration's birthday in August.

West Lafayette, Indiana - Growers implementing the principles of good agricultural practices will learn the essentials of a required, written food safety plan for their operation by participating in a series of Purdue Extension online workshops.

Washington, DC - Vice President Joe Biden: "It is with broken hearts that Hallie, Hunter, Ashley, Jill and I announce the passing of our husband, brother and son, Beau, after he battled brain cancer with the same integrity, courage and strength he demonstrated every day of his life.

Washington, DC - The Federal Trade Commission will host a public workshop on Monday, September 21, 2015 in Washington, DC, to examine advertising for over-the-counter (OTC) homeopathic products.

Washington, DC - Secretary of State John Kerry: "Teresa and I are heartbroken for Hallie, Hunter, Ashley, Jill, and Joe, and particularly for Beau and Hallie’s two remarkable children, Hunter and Natalie. Beau’s loss is crushing for everyone lucky enough to have known him and the whole Biden family, because you can’t know them without feeling their overwhelming love for each other – for family.