This social security action was submitted to the court without oral argument for ruling on plaintiff's motion for summary judgment and defendant's cross-motion for summary judgment. For the reasons explained below, plaintiff's motion is granted, defendant's cross-motion is denied, the decision of the Commissioner of Social Security (Commissioner) is reversed, and the matter is remanded for further proceedings consistent with this order.
On June 21, 2007, plaintiff filed an application for Disability Insurance Benefits (DIB) under Title II of the Social Security Act (the Act) and for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) under Title XVI of the Act, alleging disability beginning on January 30, 2002. (Transcript (Tr.) at 109-11.) Plaintiff's application was denied initially and upon reconsideration. (Id. at 70-79.) A hearing was held before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) on April 1, 2009. (Id. at 25- 62.) Plaintiff was represented by counsel and testified at the administrative hearing. In a decision issued on November 20, 2009, the ALJ found that plaintiff was not disabled. (Id. at 11-20.) The ALJ entered the following findings:
1. The claimant meets the insured status requirements of the Social Security Act through June 30, 2005. However, the record is devoid of objective evidence of record or clinical finding which would support disability being established before June 30, 2005.
2. The claimant has not engaged in substantial gainful activity since January 30, 2002, the alleged onset date (20 CFR 404.1571 et seq., and 416.971 et seq.). Nonetheless, in support of the alleged onset date the claimant was not disabled prior to June 30, 2005 and is therefore not entitled to a Title II disability benefits prior to June 30, 2005 the date last insured.
3. The claimant has the following medically determinable impairments: should injury, tendonitis in elbow, arthritis in hand, hepatitis C, kidney stones, and depression (20 CFR § 404.1521 et seq. and 416.921 et seq.).
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 (20 CFR 404.1520(d), 404.1525, 404.1526, 416.920(d)d (sic), 416.925 and 416.926).
5. After careful consideration of the entire record, the undersigned finds that the claimant has the residual functional capacity to perform the full range of light work as defined in 20 CFR 404.1567(b) and 416.967(b) except the claimant is limited to simple unskilled work.
5. (sic) The claimant is unable to perform any past relevant work (20 CFR 404.1565 and 416.965).
6. The claimant was born on March 8, 1955, and was 46 years old, which is defined as a younger individual age 18-49, on the alleged disability onset date (20 CFR 404.1563 and 416.963).
7. The claimant has at least a high school education and is able to communicate in English (20 CFR 404.1564 and 416.964).
8. 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 (See SSR 82-41 and 20 CFR Part 404, Subpart P, Appendix 2).
9. 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 (20 CFR 404.1569, 404.1569(a), 416.969, and 416.969(a)).
10. The claimant has not been under a disability, as defined in the Social Security Act, from January 30, 2002 through the date of this decision (20 CFR ...