Olympic Games:

Preliminary Information on Federal Funding and Support

GGD-00-44: Published: Dec 21, 1999. Publicly Released: Dec 21, 1999.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the: (1) amount of federal funding and support provided to the 1984 Olympic Games held in Los Angeles, California, and the 1996 Olympic Games held in Atlanta, Georgia, and the planned amount for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah; (2) types of Olympic-related projects and activities receiving federal funding and support; (3) federal policies and legislative authorizations for providing federal funding and support; and (4) procedures existing to ensure that federal funding and support were properly awarded and used.

GAO noted that: (1) at least 24 federal organizations reported providing or planning to provide a combined total of about $2.1 billion in 1999 dollars for Olympic-related projects and activities for the Los Angeles and Atlanta Summer Olympic Games and the planned Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games; (2) of the estimated $2.1 billion, approximately $530 million was reported to have been provided or planned for projects and activities solely related to the planning and staging of the Olympic Games; (3) these projects included or plan to include such activities as safety- and security-related services and transportation services; (4) the remaining estimated $1.6 billion was spent or is planned for projects that the host cities of Atlanta and Salt Lake City wanted to have completed in time for the Olympic Games; (5) concerning the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, federal funding and support totalled about $75 million and involved 11 federal organizations; (6) the majority of the federal funding and support, about $68 million, was for safety- and security-related services provided during the planning and staging of the Olympic Games; (7) the federal organizations reported little funding and support for capital projects related to preparing Los Angeles for the 1984 Summer Olympic Games; (8) the majority of the federal funding and support agencies reported providing to the 1996 Summer Olympic Games held in Atlanta and planned for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games is reported to be for infrastructure projects to prepare the host city for the Olympic Games--projects that will also benefit the host city and state after the Games are held; (9) however, although the completion of these projects was generally accelerated because of the Olympic Games, most of the funding for these activities probably would have eventually been provided to the host city regardless of the Games, according to federal and state officials; (10) about $1.4 billion in federal funding and support is planned or has been provided for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City and involves 18 federal organizations; (11) of this amount, about $272 million is planned or has been provided for activities during the planning and staging of the Olympic Games, including about $200 million for safety- and security-related services which would not have been used for this purpose if the Games were not being hosted there; and (12) about $1.1 billion is planned or has been provided for highway, transit, and other capital improvement projects that appear to be related to preparing the host city for the Olympic Games.

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