Carl v. Social Security Administration Commissioner
REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS re 10 Unopposed MOTION to Remand filed by Social Security Administration Commissioner. Objections to R&R due by 7/24/2017. Signed by Honorable Mark E. Ford on July 10, 2017. (mjm)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
FORT SMITH DIVISION
CINDY M. CARL
CIVIL NO. 2:17-cv-2030-PKH-MEF
NANCY A. BERRYHILL, Acting
Commissioner Social Security Administration1
MAGISTRATE JUDGE’S REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS
Cindy Carl, Plaintiff, brings this action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 405(g) seeking judicial
review of a decision of the Commissioner of the Social Security Administration (Commissioner)
denying her application for disability insurance benefits (DIB). ECF No. 1. The Commissioner
filed an answer to Plaintiff’s action on May 26, 2017, asserting that the findings of the
Commissioner were supported by substantial evidence and were conclusive. ECF No. 7. On July
5, 2017, having changed positions, the Commissioner filed an unopposed motion requesting that
Plaintiff’s case be remanded pursuant to “sentence four” of section 405(g) in order to conduct
further administrative proceedings. ECF Nos. 10, 11.
The exclusive methods by which a district court may remand a social security case to the
Commissioner are set forth in “sentence four” and “sentence six” of 42 U.S.C. § 405(g). A remand
pursuant to “sentence six” is limited to two situations: where the Commissioner requests a remand
before answering the complaint, or where the court orders the Commissioner to consider new,
material evidence that was for good cause not presented before the agency. The Fourth sentence
of the statute provides that “[t]he court shall have power to enter, upon the pleadings and transcript
Nancy A. Berryhill is now the Acting Commissioner of Social Security. Pursuant to Rule 25(d) of the Federal
Rules of Civil Procedure, Nancy A. Berryhill should be substituted for Acting Commissioner Carolyn W. Colvin as
the defendant in this suit. No further action needs to be taken to continue this suit by reason of the last sentence of
section 205(g) of the Social Security Act, 42 U.S.C. § 405(g).
of the record, a judgment affirming, modifying, or reversing the decision of the Commissioner of
Social Security, with or without remanding the cause for a rehearing.” 42 U.S.C. § 405(g); Shalala
v. Schaefer, 509 U.S. 292, 296 (1993).
Here, I find remand is appropriate to allow the Defendants to conduct further administrative
proceedings regarding this matter. Therefore, I recommend that the Commissioner’s motion to
remand be granted and the case remanded to the Commissioner for further administrative action
pursuant to “sentence four” of section 405(g).
The parties have fourteen (14) days from receipt of our report and recommendation
in which to file written objections pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1). The failure to file timely
objections may result in waiver of the right to appeal questions of fact. We remind the parties
that objections must be both timely and specific to trigger de novo review by the district
DATED this 10th day of July, 2017.
/s/ Mark E. Ford
HONORABLE MARK E. FORD
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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