Plaintiff's Application to Proceed In Forma Pauperis (#1)
GEORGE FOLEY, Jr., Magistrate Judge.
This matter is before the Court on Plaintiff's Application to Proceed In Forma Pauperis (ECF No. 1), filed on December 17, 2016.
Plaintiff alleges a claim against the Social Security Administration (SSA), challenging its denial of social security disability benefits. Plaintiff alleges that at all times relevant to this action, she was disabled as defined by the Social Security Act. Plaintiff claims that the Social Security Commissioner, initially and upon reconsideration, denied her requests for disability insurance benefits and supplemental security income. Plaintiff states that she timely requested review of the ALJ's decision with the Appeals Council, which was denied on October 20, 2016. Plaintiff now seeks judicial review of that final agency decision.
I. Application to Proceed
In Forma Pauperis
Plaintiff filed this instant action and attached a financial affidavit to her application and complaint as required by 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a). Having reviewed Plaintiff's financial affidavit pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915, the Court finds that Plaintiff is unable to pre-pay the filing fee. Therefore, Plaintiff's request to proceed in forma pauperis in federal court is granted.
Plaintiff brings suit against the SSA alleging she was wrongfully denied social security disability benefits. Federal courts only have jurisdiction to conduct judicial review of the SSA's final decisions. See 42 U.S.C. § 405(g); Klemm v. Astrue, 543 F.3d 1139, 1144 (9th Cir. 2008); see also Cilifano v. Sanders, 430 U.S. 99, 107-09 (1977). Plaintiff appears to have fully exhausted her administrative remedies with the SSA. The Court will therefore allow Plaintiff's complaint to proceed as a petition for judicial review of a final agency decision. Accordingly,