[Senate Report 110-223]
[From the U.S. Government Publishing Office]

                                                       Calendar No. 474
110th Congress                                                   Report
 1st Session                                                    110-223




                November 7, 2007.--Ordered to be printed


    Mrs. Boxer, from the Committee on Environment and Public Works, 
                        submitted the following

                              R E P O R T

                         [To accompany S. 589]

      [Including cost estimate of the Congressional Budget Office]

    The Committee on Environment and Public Works, to which was 
referred a bill (S. 589) to provide for the transfer of certain 
Federal property to the United States Paralympics, 
Incorporated, a subsidiary of the United States Olympic 
Committee, having considered the same, reports favorably 
thereon with an amendment in the nature of a substitute and an 
amendment to the title and recommends that the bill (as 
amended) do pass.


    S. 589 provides for the transfer of certain Federal 
property to the United States Olympics Committee to support the 
U.S. Paralympics Games.


    A bill was introduced by Senator Allard to direct the 
transfer of federal property in Colorado Springs, Colorado, to 
U.S. Paralympics.
    The building was fully occupied until October 2006 by the 
United States Space Command (USSC). The U.S. Armed Forces 
occupied approximately 15% of the building until June 2007. The 
Federal Protective Services and GSA occupied a small portion of 
the building until their leases expired at the end of 
September, 2007.
    Once it was determined that USSC would not remain in the 
building, GSA conducted an Internal Retention and Disposal 
study in May 2006 to determine if any other federal agency was 
interested in the property. There was no interest expressed by 
any government agency. In November 2006, the property was 
placed in the GSA Disposal process. In January of 2007, Senator 
Allard corresponded with GSA to request that it suspend its 
disposal process in an attempt to convey the property to the 
U.S. Olympics Committee (USOC) on behalf of the U.S. 
Paralympics. GSA complied with the request. In February, 
Senator Allard introduced S. 589, a bill to convey the federal 
building in Colorado Springs to the U.S. Paralympics at a price 
of $1,000,000.

                          LEGISLATIVE HISTORY

    Senator Allard introduced the bill on February 14, 2007, 
which was received, read twice and referred to the Committee on 
Environment and Public Works. During consideration of the bill 
by the Committee, an amendment in the nature of a substitute 
was offered by Chairman Boxer and Ranking Member Inhofe that 
would require the property be conveyed at fair market value 
rather than a legislated price. The amendment was adopted by 
voice vote.

                      SECTION-BY-SECTION ANALYSIS

Section 1. Findings and purpose

    This section describes the reason Congress should consider 
the sale of the GSA property to the USOC and the location in 
Colorado Springs, CO.
    S. 589 provides for the disposal of a building owned by the 
General Services Administration to the USOC on behalf of its 
subsidiary the U.S. Paralympics program (Paralympics). The 
purpose is to support the Paralympics in its efforts to create 
and sustain athletic programs for the disabled, in particular, 
those disabled during active duty and military veterans 
suffering or recovering from injuries incurred while serving in 
the military.

Section 2. Transfer of certain property

    This section the timing and conditions of the conveyance of 
the property to the USOC.
    This section authorizes the General Services Administration 
to convey to the USOC all right, title and interest of the 
United States in the property located at 1520 Willamette Avenue 
in Colorado Springs, CO. Further, this section states that the 
property should be sold at fair market value based upon an 
appraisal of the property under consideration. The section 
further states that the property cannot be used for other 
purposes and the USOC must agree to operate, maintain, and 
manage the property for the benefit of the U.S. Paralympics 


    The Committee did not hold hearings on S. 589 during the 
110th Congress.

                             ROLLCALL VOTES

    The Committee on Environment and Public Works met on 
September 20, 2007, to consider S. 589. The bill, as amended, 
was ordered reported by voice vote. No rollcall votes were cast 
in consideration of S. 589.


    In compliance with section 11(b) of rule XXVI of the 
Standing Rules of the Senate, the Committee finds that S. 589 
does not create any additional regulatory burdens, nor will it 
cause any adverse impact on the personal privacy of 

                          MANDATES ASSESSMENT

    In compliance with the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 
(Public Law 104-4), the committee finds that S. 589 would 
impose no Federal intergovernmental unfunded mandates on State, 
local, or tribal governments. The bill contains no new private-
sector mandates as defined in UMRA.


    For the purposes of rule XLIV of the Standing Rules of the 
Senate, S. 589 does not contain any congressionally directed 

                          COST OF LEGISLATION

    Section 402 of the Congressional Budget and Impoundment 
Control Act requires a statement of the cost of the reported 
bill, prepared by the Congressional Budget Office, be included 
in the report and is attached.

S. 589--A bill to provide for the transfer of certain federal property 
        to the United States Olympic Committee

    S. 589 would require the General Services Administration 
(GSA) to offer to convey a federal building in Colorado 
Springs, Colorado, to the United States Olympic Committee 
(USOC), a chartered nonprofit corporation. The bill would 
require that the USOC pay fair market value for the property.
    CBO estimates that enacting this legislation would have no 
significant impact on the federal budget because we expect that 
the conveyance would not occur. Based on information provided 
by the USOC, we expect that the committee would not acquire the 
building because it could not afford the costs of 
rehabilitating the property.
    If, alternatively, the USOC decides to purchase the 
building, we estimate that offsetting receipts (a credit 
against direct spending) from surplus property sales would 
increase in 2008 by about $1 million. That amount would be 
deposited in the Federal Buildings Fund and be available for 
appropriation for GSA projects.
    S. 589 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector 
mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act and 
would impose no costs on state, local, or tribal governments.
    The CBO staff contact is Matthew Pickford. This estimate 
was approved by Peter H. Fontaine, Assistant Director for 
Budget Analysis.

                        CHANGES IN EXISTING LAW

    Section 12 of rule XXVI of the Standing Rules of the Senate 
requires the committee to publish changes in existing law made 
by the bill as reported. Passage of this bill will make no 
changes to existing law.