United States District Court, W.D. Washington, Seattle
November 13, 2014
AMANDA R. GORE, Plaintiff,
CAROLYN W. COLVIN, Acting Commissioner of Social Security, Defendant.
REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION
JAMES P. DONOHUE, Magistrate Judge.
This matter comes before the Court upon the plaintiff's motion to remand this case for further administrative proceedings pursuant to sentence six of the Social Security Act, 42 U.S.C. § 405(g), due to an incomplete administrative record. Dkt. 19. Plaintiff asserts that on March 27, 2013, the Appeals Council reopened and combined all applications, vacated the ALJ decisions of record, and ordered the ALJ to consider all records running forward from the initial alleged onset date, December 5, 2006. Id. at 1 (citing AR at 4-5, 241-42, 257-61). Plaintiff contends that the ALJ complied with this directive, and evaluated all of the evidence of record from December 5, 2006 through her March 15, 2014 decision date. Id. (citing AR at 1-40). However, "the medical records in the transcript do not contain any of the evidence prior to 2010. Thus, roughly 3 years of medical records are missing, including some of the opinions of Dr. Schimmel, which the Court and the Appeals Council ordered the ALJ to reconsider." Id. (citing AR at 240-43, 247-56, 257-61). Plaintiff asks the Court to remand this case under sentence six of 42 U.S.C. § 405(g) to complete the record. Id. at 2.
The Commissioner initially requested a brief extension of time to respond to plaintiff's motion to remand. Dkt. 20. However, on November 12, 2014, the Commissioner stipulated to plaintiff's motion for a sentence six remand in this matter. Dkt. 21.
Accordingly, the Court recommends that plaintiff's stipulated motion for a sentence six remand, Dkt. 19, be GRANTED, and the Commissioner's request for an extension of time, Dkt. 20, be STRICKEN as MOOT. This case should be REVERSED and REMANDED pursuant to sentence six of 42 U.S.C. § 405(g) for further administrative proceedings to correct the record.
Because the parties have stipulated that the case be remanded as set forth above, the Court recommends that United States District Judge John C. Coughenour immediately approve this Report and Recommendation. The Clerk should note the matter for November 13, 2014 as ready for Judge Coughenour's consideration. A proposed order accompanies this Report and Recommendation.