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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
  • SCIS Phone and phone box
  • NIPT Binder and IFG Binder
  • Business Casual clothing for class (Friday is casual day; Jeans allowed)
  • Clothes for evenings and weekends
  • Personal items needed while in the hotel
  • Pen and paper for note taking

Please note: the Staybridge offers on-site washers and dryers; you only need to provide your own soap.

What do I do once I land at Dulles?

When you arrive at Dulles International Airport, please call the hotel at (703) 435-8090 for a shuttle to pick you up. Please wait for the Staybridge Shuttle at Ground Transportation Level 2A. The hotel will take your phone number in case they arrive and need to find you.

Where will I be staying?

Staybridge Suites, Chantilly; 3860 Centerview Drive, Chantilly, Virginia. Check-in time for the hotel is 3 pm. Upon check-in, you will be asked for a personal credit card number. The credit card number is needed for any incidentals you incur while at the hotel. SCIS pays for your sleeping room; any additional costs are paid by you. The hotel will provide you with a note concerning breakfast, social events, grocery shuttle run times, etc.

When does class begin?

We begin class at 8 am every morning. During Virtual Week, you will be told your location for class. If you are in the group meeting at the hotel, please report to the meeting room prior to 8 am so that you are ready for the start of class. If you are in the group that meets in the SCIS office, you will need to catch the shuttle that leaves the hotel at 7:30 am and travels to the Herndon office.

If you have a vehicle and choose to drive, please notify the hotel that you will NOT need the shuttle that day. The SCIS office is located at 13900 Lincoln Park Drive, Suite 360, Herndon, VA, 20171. Be prepared and ready to learn!

With the exception of the last day, class will go until 5 pm each day and the shuttle will leave by 5:10 pm to return to the hotel.

What can I do about meals?

Breakfast is provided each day by the hotel. On most days, you will be free to decide how you want to do lunch. There are several options if you have class at the hotel and several options if you have class at the SCIS office, but more information will be provided once you start Virtual Week. Dinner is provided on Monday-Wednesday by the Staybridge and you are free to make your dinner choices on the remaining days.

SCIS will allow you to submit $25 a day for lunch / incidental reimbursement if you are sleeping at the hotel.

What can I do on the weekend?

You are free to use the weekend any way you choose. There is plenty to see and do in Fairfax County and the National Capital Region, so please explore the links through the to learn about all sorts of free or low-cost activities.


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