United States District Court, District of Columbia
April 16, 2014
MELVIN JONES, Plaintiff,
CAROLYN W. COLVIN, Acting Commissioner of Social Security, Defendant.
RICHARD J. LEON, District Judge.
This matter is before the Court on plaintiff's application to proceed in forma pauperis and his pro se complaint. The Court will grant the application and dismiss the complaint.
The plaintiff purports to "appeal [a] decision of Administrative Hearing for SSI benefits." Compl. at 1. He does not identify the decision he appeals, and none of the many attachments to the complaint appears to be a recent decision. Even if the plaintiff had identified the decision of an administrative law judge, it does not appear that he has exhausted his administrative remedies prior to filing this lawsuit. See 42 U.S.C. § 405(g) (providing for judicial review only "after any final decision by the Commissioner of Social Security made after a hearing to which he is a party"). The complaint therefore will be dismissed without prejudice. See, e.g., Ford v. Astrue, 808 F.Supp.2d 150, 153 (D.D.C. 2011) (dismissing complaint where plaintiff "has only completed the first two steps of the four-step SSA administrative-review process").
An Order accompanies this Memorandum Opinion.