Padan v. Saul

Filing 13

ORDER granting ECF No. 12 Motion to Extend Time : The certified administrative record, and answer to Plaintiff's Complaint, is due by 9/21/2021. Signed by Magistrate Judge William G. Cobb on 7/15/2021. (Copies have been distributed pursuant to the NEF - DRM)

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1 2 3 CHRISTOPHER CHIOU Acting United States Attorney District of Nevada Nevada Bar No. 14853 7 ALLISON J. CHEUNG, CSBN 244651 Special Assistant United States Attorney 160 Spear Street, Suite 800 San Francisco, California 94105 Telephone: (510) 970-4811 Facsimile: (415) 744-0134 E-Mail: allison.cheung@ssa.gov 8 Attorneys for Defendant 4 5 6 9 10 11 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 12 DISTRICT OF NEVADA 13 TIFFANIE PADAN, Plaintiff, 14 vs. 15 16 KILILO KIJAKAZI, Acting Commissioner of Social Security,1 17 Defendant. 18 ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) Case No.: 3:20-cv-00532-WGC UNOPPOSED MOTION FOR EXTENSION OF TIME TO FILE CERTIFIED ADMINISTRATIVE RECORD AND ANSWER; DECLARATION OF JEBBY RASPUTNIS (SECOND REQUEST) 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 1 Kilolo Kijakazi became the Acting Commissioner of Social Security on July 9, 2021. Pursuant to Rule 25(d) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Kilolo Kijakazi should be substituted, therefore, for Andrew Saul as the defendant in this suit. No further action need 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). 1 Defendant, Kilolo Kijakazi, Acting Commissioner of Social Security (the “Commissioner”), by 2 and through her undersigned attorneys, hereby moves for a 60-day extension of time to file the Certified 3 Administrative Record (CAR) and answer to Plaintiff’s Complaint. The CAR and answer to Plaintiff’s 4 Complaint are due to be filed by July 23, 2021. This is the Commissioner’s second request for an 5 extension of time. 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Defendant makes this request in good faith and for good cause, because the CAR, which must be filed with the Answer and is necessary to adjudicate the case, is not yet available. The public health emergency pandemic caused by COVID-19 has significantly impacted operations in the Social Security Administration’s Office of Appellate Operations (OAO) in Falls Church, Virginia, which is responsible for producing the CAR that must be filed with the Answer, per 42 U.S.C. §§ 405(g) and (h). As detailed in the attached declaration from Jebby Rasputnis, Executive Director of the OAO, beginning mid-March 2020, OAO restricted physical access to the Falls Church building, which impacted the production of CARs because physical access was previously required to produce CARs. OAO has since developed and employed a new business process to produce CARs. Much of the difficulty in producing CARs stemmed from the old process of transmitting hearing recordings to vendors for transcription, how the vendors transcribed the recordings, and how the vendors provided the completed transcripts to OAO. OAO 16 changed this process by reworking how the audio files are submitted, seeking additional vendor capacity, 17 and increasing in-house transcription capacity. With these changes, OAO is now able to produce more 18 than 700 transcripts per week, a significant increase over the pre-COVID-19 average of 300–400 hearing 19 transcripts per week. 20 Despite these improvements, OAO still faces a significant backlog of cases due to the combined 21 effects of pandemic-related disruption and a marked increase in district court filings. New case receipts 22 during the last quarter of FY 2020 and the first quarter of FY 2021 increased (on average) to 2,257 case 23 receipts per month, as compared to 1,458 per month for the same period one year before. Overall, the 24 timeframe for delivering a CAR in an individual case has improved, and the current average processing 25 time is 138 days. Because of this, OAO is making progress in its backlog of cases. At the end of January 26 2021, OAO had 11,109 pending cases. As of June 8, 2021, OAO had 6,927 pending cases, representing a Unopposed Mot. for Ext.; No. 3:20-cv-00532-WGC 1 1 decrease in our backlog of more than 4,182 cases over the last four months. OAO continues to work on 2 increasing productivity by collaborating with our vendors and searching out and utilizing technological 3 enhancements. Defendant asks this Court for its continued patience as OAO works to increase its 4 efficiency and production of CARs, reduce the current backlog, and address rising court case filings. 5 Counsel for Defendant further states that the Office of General Counsel (OGC) is monitoring receipt of 6 transcripts on a daily basis and is committed to filing Answers as soon as practicable upon receipt and 7 review of the administrative records. 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Given the volume of pending cases, Defendant requests an extension in which to respond to the Complaint until September 21, 2021. If Defendant is unable to produce the certified administrative record necessary to file an Answer in accordance with this Order, Defendant shall request an additional extension prior to the due date. On July 14, 2021, the undersigned conferred with Plaintiff’s counsel, who has no opposition to the requested extension. It is therefore respectfully requested that Defendant be granted an extension of time to file the CAR and answer to Plaintiff’s Complaint, through and including September 21, 2021. Dated: July 15, 2021 CHRISTOPHER CHIOU Acting United States Attorney 18 /s/ Allison J. Cheung ALLISON J. CHEUNG Special Assistant United States Attorney 19 20 21 IT IS SO ORDERED: 22 23 UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 24 July 15, 2021 DATED: ___________________________ 25 26 Unopposed Mot. for Ext.; No. 3:20-cv-00532-WGC 2

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