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SCIS Welcome & Instructions

Greetings all and welcome to our web page!

As a new employee of SCIS, our aim is to give you every advantage to succeed during your training experience…but also help you relax and enjoy your downtime, too.  Accordingly, the Training Department has worked with Visit Fairfax to help you prepare for your trip to Virginia and establish a one-stop shop for you to provide options for restaurants, shopping, and other activities while you are in town.  So please explore this site to learn more about all the great things there are to see and do in Fairfax.  Hopefully, you will find these beneficial. 


Doug Steele
Vice President, Investigations

P.S.  Below is some additional information to help you organize your schedules.  Be sure to contact Donna Bruder ( if you have any additional questions.

Welcome to NIPT at SCIS!

As you prepare to travel to Herndon, VA, we would like to formally welcome you to the adventure known as New Investigative Personnel Training!

What do I need to bring?

  • SCIS Computer, computer bag, and SCIS Phone
  • Business casual clothing for class
  • Clothes for evenings and the weekend
  • Personal items needed while in the hotel
  • Pen and paper for note taking

What do I do once I land at Dulles?

The Hilton complimentary airport shuttle runs every half hour from 5:00 am - 12:45 am.  It departs the hotel on the hour and half hour and picks up from the airport at 15 and 45 after the hour.  Upon arrival guests should proceed to the lower level (where baggage claim is located) and go outside doors 2A or 2H to the middle median.  This is where all hotel shuttles pick-up.  Our vans are white, gray and blue and say Hilton Washington Dulles.  If guests have any questions, they can call the main hotel line at 703-478-2900.

Where will I be staying?

Hilton Washington Dulles Airport

The Hilton charges to do your laundry, but you have the option of being shuttled to the local coin-operated laundromat).  The hotel will arrange for a shuttle every evening to one of the area shopping centers which offer restaurants, shopping, grocery stores, laundromat, etc.

When does class begin?

We begin class at 8 am every morning; look for the signs in front of the classroom or ask the front desk for guidance on Monday.

I know breakfast is provided as well as evening appetizers (with some meal choices); what do I do about lunch?

The hotel provides fresh fruit, beverages, and coffee all day at no charge, in addition to providing a microwave in the breakfast room for student use throughout the day.  If you prefer a meal, you can shuttle to nearby restaurants or eat in the hotel’s restaurant.  (note:  SCIS will reimburse $25 a day for lunch/incidentals, including travel days).  It is important that you are aware of the lunch break times each day.  Please be courteous to your classmates by returning to the classroom on time.

What can I do on the weekend?

You are responsible for a couple hours of homework over the weekend, but you are free to use the rest of your time as you choose!  There is plenty to see and do in Fairfax County and the National Capital Region, so please explore the links throughout for to learn more about all sorts of free or low-cost activities.

How do I charge my time?

All time spent in the classroom is charged as normal work hours.  Homework is also charged as normal work hours.  Travel time home is also charged.  Timekeeping is discussed on the first day of virtual training, so you will begin to get familiar with our timekeeping system.

What expenses can be reimbursed?

  • Bag fee, if one is charged, for your first bag on the trip to Herndon
  • Mileage or taxi to the airport
  • Return-trip bag fee for your first bag
  • Mileage or taxi home from the airport
Fairs and Festivals

Seasonal Fun

Celebrate the season by visiting us during special holiday celebrations, taking in our one-of-a-kind attractions, or attending our epic festivals and special events found only in the region. More
Mount Vernon - Hat and Whistle Boy

Family-Friendly Fairfax

Immerse your children in activities that stimulate their imagination. With so much fascinating history in Fairfax County, you can bet they’ll have fun while they learn. More
Storytellers Video Series

Storytellers Video Series

Every destination has a story. Meet Fairfax County's storytellers and then create your own travel story. More