King v. Social Security Administration Commissioner
MEMORANDUM OPINION. Signed by Honorable Erin L. Setser on September 28, 2011. (tg)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
BARBARA CAROLYN KING
MICHAEL J. ASTRUE,
Commissioner of the Social
Plaintiff, Barbara Carolyn King, 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 a period of disability and disability insurance
benefits (DIB). (Doc. 1). The Defendant filed an answer to Plaintiff’s action on July 29, 2011,
denying that Plaintiff is entitled to judgment or the relief sought. (Doc. 7). Plaintiff filed an
appeal brief on August 30, 2011. (Doc. 8).
On September 23, 2011, the Commissioner, having changed positions, filed an
Unopposed Motion to Remand, pursuant to “sentence four” of section 405(g) to allow the
Commissioner to conduct further proceedings.
(Doc. 9). The Defendant states that upon
remand, the Commissioner will obtain supplemental evidence from a vocational expert to clarify
the effect of Plaintiff’s assessed limitations on the occupational base.
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 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, 113 S.Ct. 2625 (1993).
Here, the Court finds remand for the purpose of the ALJ to further evaluate the evidence
as addressed above appropriate.
Based on the foregoing, the Court finds remand appropriate and grants the
Commissioner's motion to remand this case to the Commissioner for further administrative
action pursuant to "sentence four" of section 405(g).
DATED this 28th day of September, 2011.
/s/ Erin L. Setser
HON. ERIN L. SETSER
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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