The opinion of the court was delivered by: Carolyn K. Delaney United States Magistrate Judge
Plaintiff seeks judicial review of a final decision of the Commissioner of Social Security ("Commissioner") denying his application for Disability Income Benefits ("DIB") under Title II of the Social Security Act ("Act"). For the reasons discussed below, the court will grant plaintiff's motion for summary judgment, deny the Commissioner's cross-motion for summary judgment, and remand the case under sentence four of 42 U.S.C. § 405(g) for further proceedings.
Plaintiff, born May 16, 1970, applied for disability income benefits, alleging disability beginning April 1, 2004. Administrative Transcript ("AT") 121-124. Plaintiff alleged he was unable to work due to post traumatic stress disorder ("PTSD"), injuries to the right leg and foot, and bilateral carpal tunnel syndrome. AT 115, 803. Upon remand from the Appeals Council, in a decision dated August 5, 2009, ALJ William C. Thompson, Jr., determined that plaintiff was not disabled.*fn1 AT 826-836. The ALJ made the following findings (citations to 20 C.F.R. omitted):
1. The claimant meets the insured status requirements of the Social Security Act through December 31, 2009.
2. The claimant has not engaged in substantial gainful activity since April 1, 2004, the alleged onset date.
3. The claimant has the following severe impairments: continued difficulties following injuries sustained in any missile attack including an injury to his left leg and shrapnel wounds; obesity; depression; and posttraumatic stress disorder.
4. The claimant does not have an impairment or combination of impairments that meets or medically equals one of the listed impairments in 20 CFR Part 404, Subpart P, Appendix 1.
5. After careful consideration of the entire record, I find that the claimant has the residual functional capacity to perform a limited range of sedentary work as defined [in the regulations]. The claimant can lift 10 pounds both occasionally and frequently. He can stand and walk in combination for no more than two hours in a day and can sit for six hours in a day. He can only occasionally operate left foot controls. The claimant is mentally limited to simple instructions and relatively restricted contact with the public.
6. The claimant is unable to perform any past relevant work. 7. The claimant was born on May 16, 1970 and was 33 years old, which is defined as a younger individual age 18-49, on the alleged disability onset date.
8. The claimant has at least a high-school education and is able to communicate in English.
9. Transferability of job skills is not material to the determination of disability because using the Medical-Vocational Rules as a framework supports a finding that the claimant is "not disabled" whether or not the claimant has transferable job skills.
10. Considering the claimant's age, education, work experience, and residual functional capacity, there are jobs that exist in significant numbers in the national economy that the claimant can perform.
11. The claimant has not been under a disability, as defined in the Social Security Act, from April 1, 2004 ...