Melanie Jones Totman is counsel with Venable's Government Contracts group where she provides clients with legal advice related to both federal and state procurement and grant law, including complex compliance matters under the Federal Acquisition Regulation, the Office of Management and Budget’s Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards, and various agency regulations. Some of Ms. Totman's work includes:
- Representing clients in responding to qui tam and other whistleblower allegations of civil and criminal False Claims Act violations.
- Investigating internal allegations of false claims related to complex contractual relationships, assisting clients in developing and implementing corrective action plans, conducting training sessions, and recommending and making appropriate disclosures to government authorities. Ms. Totman has broad experience in representing clients in making mandatory disclosures and in suspension and debarment proceedings, including representing clients before the defense agencies (e.g., the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Army), the Department of Veterans Affairs, the General Services Administration, the Small Business Administration, and the United States Agency for International Development.
- Defending large contractors, nonprofit organizations, and state agencies awarded federal grant funds in audits before the Offices of Inspectors General for the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
- Counseling and resolving contractor disputes with grant recipients of Affordable Care Act funds from the Department of Health and Human Services and Stafford Act emergency funding issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
- Providing routine counseling to government contractors and grant recipients on a variety of compliance issues.
Immediately prior to joining Venable, Ms. Totman served as the judicial law clerk to Judge Christine O.C. Miller of the United States Court of Federal Claims. She also served as the judicial law clerk to Chief Judge Joyce Bihary of the United States Bankruptcy Court in the Northern District of Georgia.