Thomas v. Social Security Administration
ORDER granting 16 Motion for Attorney Fees and expenses in the amount of $2,533.47, and directing the Commissioner to make the EAJA award check payable directly to Ms. Thomas's attorney, Anthony W. Bartels, and mail it to Mr. Bartels. Signed by Magistrate Judge Beth Deere on 7/9/12. (kpr)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
CASE NO.: 2:11CV00089-BD
MICHAEL J. ASTRUE, Commissioner,
Social Security Administration
Plaintiff Camellia Thomas has moved for an award of attorney’s fees under the
Equal Access to Justice Act (“EAJA”), 28 U.S.C. § 2412 (docket entry #16). In her
motion, Ms. Thomas requests fees and expenses in the amount of $2,533.47. The
Commissioner does not object to the amount requested (#18). Accordingly, Ms.
Thomas’s motion (#16) is GRANTED, and she is awarded $2,516.10 in fees and $17.37
Under the Treasury Department’s Offset Program (“TOP”), attorney’s fee awards
are subject to administrative offset if the plaintiff has outstanding federal debts. The
Commissioner should contact the Treasury Department to determine whether Ms. Thomas
owes any debt, as of the date of this Order. If Ms. Thomas owes a debt covered by the
TOP, the Commissioner must pay the EAJA award directly to her, after deducting any
amount owed under the TOP. If Ms. Thomas does not owe a debt covered by the TOP,
however, the Commissioner is ordered to make the EAJA award check payable directly to
Ms. Thomas’s attorney, Anthony W. Bartels, and mail it to Mr. Bartels.
DATED this 9th day of July, 2012.
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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