United States District Court, W.D. Washington, Seattle
HONORABLE RICHARD A. JONES, UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
Andre David Stewart seeks review of the Commissioner's
denial of his application for Supplemental Security Income.
He contends the administrative law judge (“ALJ”)
erred by discounting portions of the State agency
psychological consultants' opinions. Dkt. 7. As discussed
below, the Court AFFIRMS the
Commissioner's final decision.
Stewart is currently 25 years old, has a ninth-grade
education, and previously performed seasonal work in a
warehouse. Tr. 36, 42-45. In May 2013, he protectively
applied for benefits, alleging disability as of September 1,
1998. Tr. 54, 150-55. His application was denied initially
and on reconsideration. Tr. 81-84, 89-90. The ALJ conducted a
hearing on February 24, 2015 (Tr. 30-53), and subsequently
found Mr. Stewart not disabled. Tr. 13-25. As the Appeals
Council denied Mr. Stewart's request for review, the
ALJ's decision is the Commissioner's final decision.
the five-step disability evaluation process,  the ALJ found:
Step one: Mr. Stewart did not engage in
substantial gainful activity after he applied for benefits.
Step two: Mr. Stewart's learning
disorder, dysthymic disorder, and mood disorder are severe
Step three: These impairments do not meet or
equal the requirements of a listed impairment.
Residual Functional Capacity
(“RFC”): Mr. Stewart can perform a full
range of work at all exertional levels, but is limited to
performing simple, routine tasks with no more than three
steps. He cannot work with the public, but can have
superficial contact with co-workers.
Step four: Mr. Stewart is unable to perform
past relevant work.
Step five: Because Mr. Stewart can perform
jobs that exist in significant numbers in the national
economy, he is not disabled.