Colin G. Mueller
Prior to joining The Cormac Group, Mr. Mueller was a Partner with Cardenas Partners LLC and Director of Government Affairs at Tew Cardenas LLP. During this time he worked on multiple client issues with a focus in Federal Appropriations, Healthcare, Telecommunications, Financial Services/Banking, and Aviation Transportation. Serving in both senior legislative and political positions he has over a decade of experience working for various members on Capitol Hill including: Senators Bill Nelson (D-FL), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Carl Levin (D-MI), and Mary Landrieu (D-LA).
Mr. Mueller spent over seven years on the staff of Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) working first as the Senator’s Finance Director for his 2006 re-election campaign and then as his Deputy Chief of Staff/Special Projects Coordinator. During this time, Mr. Mueller handled a myriad of issues on behalf of the Senator with a focus on Federal Appropriations, Aviation, Telecommunications, Healthcare, Indian Affairs, and Financial Services/Banking. Working with the relevant Senate authorizing and appropriations committees, Mr. Mueller was able to secure millions of dollars in Federal funding for a multitude of local municipalities, counties, universities, and non-profits throughout the state of Florida.
In the private sector, Mr. Mueller has been recognized as an industry expert in the area of Federal appropriations, grants, and contracts. His expertise and institutional knowledge of the appropriations process has garnered hundreds of millions of dollars on behalf of his clients in both the public and private sector. In a political environment where earmarks no longer exist, Mr. Mueller has successfully identified hundreds of grant and contracting opportunities across the Federal space for his clients. In this capacity he has represented multiple interests such as: Miami-Dade County, Broward County, City of Hollywood, City of Coral Gables, City of Doral, City of Sunrise, Magic Leap Inc., Nova Southeastern University, Easterseals of SWFL, Medical Services Los Angeles, The Kessler Foundation, U.S. Preventive Medicine, Preferred Care Partners, Palmetto Health Systems, Villages Regional Hospital, and National Baromedical Services Inc. He also works closely with a number of financial institutions advising them on Federal budgetary issues.
Outside of his appropriations and budgetary work, Mr. Mueller has been instrumental in helping healthcare organizations negotiate an ever changing political landscape. Specifically, during healthcare reform negotiations, he worked closely with members of the Senate Finance Committee to insert language within the Affordable Cares Act that lowered the MLR requirement, included quality bonuses, and extended the time period that Medicare Advantage Insurers had in order to meet the new MLR requirement. Once ACA became law, Mr. Mueller continued to work with various political and career CMS officials to define what private insurers could list as a cost attribute to their new MLR requirement.
Mr. Mueller holds an honors degree in Political Science from Rollins College and an MBA in Finance from George Mason Universities’ School of Management. He resides in Washington, DC and is a Volunteer Firefighter with the Arlington County Fire Department in his spare time.