Hawkins v. Commissioner of the Social Security Administration
ORDER RULING ON 19 REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION: The court ACCEPTS the Report, and REVERSES the Commissioner's decision pursuant to sentence four of 42 U.S.C. § 405(g) and REMANDS this action to the Commissioner for further proceedings. Signed by Honorable J Michelle Childs on 2/13/2018. (gnan )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINA
Beverly Denice Hawkins,
Nancy A. Berryhill,
Acting Commissioner of
Social Security Administration,
Civil Action No.: 4:16-cv-02996-JMC
This matter is before the court upon review of the Magistrate Judge’s Report and
Recommendation (“Report”) (ECF No. 19), filed on January 26, 2018, recommending that the
decision of the Commissioner be reversed and that this matter be remanded to the Commissioner
pursuant to sentence four of 42 U.S.C. § 405(g) for further proceedings in accordance with this
The Magistrate Judge’s Report is made in accordance with 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1)(B) and
Local Civil Rule 73.02(B)(2)(a) for the District of South Carolina. The Magistrate Judge makes
only a recommendation to this court, which has no presumptive weight. The responsibility to
make a final determination remains with this court. See Mathews v. Weber, 423 U.S. 261, 270-71
(1976). The court is charged with making a de novo determination of those portions of the Report
to which specific objections are made. Fed. R. Civ. P. 72(b)(2)-(3).
Pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 25(d), Nancy A. Berryhill is substituted for Carolyn
Colvin as the named defendant because she became the Acting Commissioner of Social Security
on January 23, 2017.
The parties were advised of their right to file objections to the Report. (ECF No. 19-1.)
Defendant gave notice that she would not be filing any objections to the Report. (ECF No. 22.)
Plaintiff also did not file any objections to the Report.
In the absence of objections to the Magistrate Judge’s Report, this court is not required to
provide an explanation for adopting the recommendation. See Camby v. Davis, 718 F.2d 198, 199
(4th Cir. 1983). Rather, “in the absence of a timely filed objection, a district court need not conduct
a de novo review, but instead must ‘only satisfy itself that there is no clear error on the face of the
record in order to accept the recommendation.’” Diamond v. Colonial Life & Acc. Ins. Co., 416
F.3d 310, 315 (4th Cir. 2005) (quoting Fed. R. Civ. P. 72 advisory committee’s note).
Furthermore, failure to file specific written objections to the Report results in a party’s waiver of
the right to appeal from the judgment of the District Court based upon such recommendation. 28
U.S.C. § 636(b)(1); see Wells v. Shriners Hosp., 109 F.3d 198, 200 (4th Cir. 1997) (“[t]he Supreme
Court has authorized the waiver rule that we enforce. . . . ‘[A] court of appeals may adopt a rule
conditioning appeal, when taken from a district court judgment that adopts a magistrate's
recommendation, upon the filing of objections with the district court identifying those issues on
which further review is desired.’”) (citing Thomas v. Arn, 474 U.S. 140, 155 (1985)).
After a thorough review of the Report and the record in this case, the court finds the Report
provides an accurate summary of the facts and law. The Administrative Law Judge’s (“ALJ”)
decision does not make clear that he considered Plaintiff’s limitations in concentration,
persistence, and pace in making his determination of Plaintiff’s residual functional capacity, thus
precluding the court from meaningfully reviewing whether this determination was supported by
substantial evidence. (See ECF No. 19 at 15.) For this reason, the court ACCEPTS the Report
(ECF No. 19). Therefore, the court REVERSES the Commissioner’s decision pursuant to
sentence four of 42 U.S.C. § 405(g) and REMANDS this action to the Commissioner for further
IT IS SO ORDERED.
United States District Judge
February 13, 2018
Columbia, South Carolina
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