Lewis v. Social Security Administration
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER: IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the Commissioner's Motion to Reverse and Remand (Doc. 24 ) is GRANTED. IT IS HEREBY ORDERED, ADJUDGED, AND DECREED that decision of the Commissioner of Social Security is REVERSED and that this case is REMANDED under Sentence Four of 42 U.S.C. § 405(g) for reconsideration and further proceedings consistent with this opinion. Signed by Magistrate Judge Shirley P. Mensah on 10/2/14. (JWD)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI
KEVIN R. LEWIS,
CAROLYN W. COLVIN,
Acting Commissioner of Social Security
Case No. 4:14-CV-32-SPM
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
This case is before the Court on Acting Commissioner Carolyn W. Colvin’s (“the
Commissioner’s”) Motion to Reverse and Remand the case to the Commissioner for further
administrative action pursuant to sentence four of section 205(g) of the Social Security Act, 42
U.S.C. § 405(g). (Doc. 24). Plaintiff has filed a response stating that he has no objection to the
motion. (Doc. 25). The parties have consented to the jurisdiction of the undersigned United States
Magistrate Judge pursuant to 28 U.S.C.§ 636(c)(1). (Doc. 8).
On January 9, 2014, Plaintiff filed a Complaint seeking review of the Commissioner’s
decision that Plaintiff was not under a disability within the meaning of the Social Security Act.
(Doc. 1). The Commissioner filed her answer and the transcript of the administrative proceedings
on March 20, 2014. (Docs. 11, 12). Plaintiff filed a brief in support of the complaint on June 16,
2014. (Doc. 17).
On September 18, 2014, the Commissioner filed the instant motion to reverse and remand
the case to the Commissioner for further action under sentence four of section 205(g) of the Social
Security Act, which permits the Court “to enter, upon the pleadings and transcript of the record, a
judgment affirming, modifying, or reversing the decision of the Commissioner, with or without
remanding the cause for a rehearing.” 42 U.S.C. § 405(g). The Commissioner represents in her
motion that upon review of the record, agency counsel requested that the Appeals Council of the
Social Security Administration reconsider the Commissioner’s decision, and that the Appeals
Council then determined that remand was appropriate. The Commissioner states that “[u]pon
receipt of the Court’s remand order, the Appeals Council will remand this case with a directive to
assign it to a different ALJ, who will receive the following instructions: (1) develop the
administrative record to include any prior evidence pertinent to this claim; (2) consider Plaintiff’s
mental impairments, including drug addiction and alcoholism, if applicable, (3) reassess Plaintiff’s
residual functional capacity; (4) obtain the assistance of a vocational expert; and (5) issue a new
Upon review of Plaintiff’s brief in support of his complaint, the ALJ’s decision, and the
Commissioner’s motion, the Court agrees with the parties that this case should be reversed and
remanded pursuant to sentence four of 42 U.S.C. § 405(g).
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the Commissioner’s Motion to Reverse and Remand
(Doc. 24) is GRANTED.
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED, ADJUDGED, AND DECREED that decision of the
Commissioner of Social Security is REVERSED and that this case is REMANDED under
Sentence Four of 42 U.S.C. § 405(g) for reconsideration and further proceedings consistent with
/s/Shirley Padmore Mensah__________
SHIRLEY PADMORE MENSAH
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
Dated this 2nd day of October, 2014.
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