Moore v. Social Security Administration Commissioner

Filing 14

REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS re 13 Unopposed MOTION to Remand filed by Social Security Administration Commissioner. Objections to R&R due by 6/20/2024. Signed by Honorable Mark E. Ford on June 6, 2024. (bjb)

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT WESTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS FAYETTEVILLE DIVISION EDWARD J. MOORE v. PLAINTIFF CIVIL NO. 5:24-cv-05032-MEF MARTIN O’MALLEY, Commissioner Social Security Administration DEFENDANT MAGISTRATE JUDGE’S REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION Edward Moore (“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 (the “Commissioner”) denying his application for disability benefits. (ECF No. 2). This matter is presently before the undersigned for report and recommendation. In lieu of an answer, the Commissioner filed the Social Security Transcript on April 4, 2024, asserting that the findings of the Commissioner were supported by substantial evidence and were conclusive. (ECF No. 7). See FED. R. CIV. P. SUPP SS RULE 4. On June 6, 2024, having changed positions, the Commissioner filed an unopposed motion requesting that Plaintiff’s case be remanded pursuant to “sentence four” of section 405(g) to conduct further administrative proceedings. (ECF Nos. 13, 13-1). 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 (1993). The Supreme Court has held that a remand for further administrative proceedings, such as the remand requested here, is a sentence four remand within the meaning of 42 U.S.C. § 405(g). See Melkonyan v. Sullivan, 501 U.S. 89, 99-100 (1991). Accordingly, the undersigned recommends that Defendant’s Unopposed 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 this Report and Recommendation in which to file written objections pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1). The failure to file timely written objections may result in waiver of the right to appeal questions of fact. The parties are reminded that objections must be both timely and specific to trigger de novo review by the district court. DATED this 6th day of June 2024. /s/ Mark E. Ford HONORABLE MARK E. FORD CHIEF UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 2

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