United States District Court, W.D. Washington, Tacoma
(REDACTED) ORDER AFFIRMING THE COMMISSIONER'S
FINAL DECISION AND DISMISSING THE CASE WITH
RICARDO S. MARTINEZ, CHIEF UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
seeks review of the denial of his applications for
Supplemental Security Income and Disability Insurance
Benefits. As discussed below, the Court AFFIRMS the
Commissioner's final decision and DISMISSES the case with
is currently 58 years old, has at least a high school
education, and has worked as a buyer and procurement manager.
Dkt. 14, Administrative Record (AR) 57, 150. Plaintiff
applied for benefits in May 2015, alleging disability as of
October 1, 2012. AR 157. Plaintiff's applications were
denied initially and on reconsideration. AR 155, 156, 183,
184. After the ALJ conducted a hearing on October 5, 2017,
the ALJ issued a decision finding Plaintiff not disabled. AR
the five-step disability evaluation process,  the ALJ found:
Step one: Plaintiff has not engaged in
substantial gainful activity since the October 2012 alleged
Step two: Plaintiff has the following severe
impairments: mental health conditions variously described as
psychotic disorder not otherwise specified, depression,
anxiety, methamphetamine induced psychosis, and
methamphetamine use disorder.
Step three: These impairments do not meet or
equal the requirements of a listed impairment.
Residual Functional Capacity: Plaintiff can
perform work at all exertional levels. He is limited to
simple routine work, in a workplace with no more than
occasional workplace changes. He can have occasional,
superficial contact with coworkers, with no teamwork. He can
have no public contact, and no exposure to hazards.
Step four: Plaintiff cannot perform past
Step five: As there are jobs that exist in
significant numbers in the national economy that Plaintiff
can perform, he is not disabled.
AR 49-58. The Appeals Council denied Plaintiff's request
for review, making the ALJ's decision the