August 30, 2013
Michael Alan McKenzie, Plaintiff,
Carolyn W. Colvin,  Acting Commissioner of Social Security, Defendant.
FRANK R. ZAPATA, District Judge.
Plaintiff Michael Alan McKenzie filed this action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 405(g) of the Social Security Act for judicial review of the final decision of the Commissioner of the Social Security Administration, denying his application for Social Security disability insurance benefits under Title II of the Social Security Act, 42 U.S.C. §§ 401-433. Plaintiff's appeal raises four issues challenging the denial of benefits.
This matter was referred to the United States Magistrate Judge for all pretrial proceedings and report and recommendation in accordance with the provisions of 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1) and LRCiv 72.1 and LRCiv 72.2, Rules of Practice of the United States District Court for the District of Arizona.
On July 25, 2013, Magistrate Judge Jacqueline M. Rateau issued her Report and Recommendation, recommending that the District Court, after its independent review of the record herein, remand this case to the Administrative Law Judge for further proceedings. The Report and Recommendation provides a thorough factual background and medical history and an in-depth legal analysis of the claims under the applicable legal standards, carefully considering the evidence presented at the administrative level and the findings of the ALJ.
The Magistrate Judge specifically recommends that, "[o]n remand, the ALJ must reevaluate Dr. Rau's non-exertional limitations and, in light of that reevaluation, determine whether the testimony of a [vocational expert] is required" and "if the ALJ rejects the lay witness statements of Plaintiff's family members, he must provide proper and germane reasons for doing so."
The Report and Recommendation advised the parties that they may file written objections within fourteen (14) days from the date of service of a copy of the Report and Recommendation. See 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1) and Rules 72(b) of Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. No objections were filed.
The Court finds, after consideration of all matters presented and an independent review of the record herein, that the findings of the Magistrate Judge as set forth in the Report and Recommendation, shall be accepted and adopted as the findings of fact and conclusions of law of this Court. Accordingly,
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Magistrate Judge Rateau's Report and Recommendation (Doc. 18) is ACCEPTED and ADOPTED as the findings of fact and conclusions of law by this Court;
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Plaintiff's claim for benefits is REMANDED to the Commissioner of the Social Security Administration for further proceedings in accordance with the Report and Recommendation;
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that judgment be entered accordingly.