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Visiting NIFA

waterfront building

NIFA Headquarters at 9th St. and Maine Avenue, SW

 

Physical Address:

Waterfront Centre
800 9th St., SW,
Washington, DC 20024

Mailing Address:

United States Department of Agriculture
National Institute of Food and Agriculture
1400 Independence Avenue SW, Stop 2201
Washington, DC 20250-2201

Physical Address for Administrative Offices:

305 Whitten Building
12th St., SW and Jefferson Drive
Washington, DC


Directions to the Waterfront Centre from the L'Enfant Metro Station (Use map below as reference)

  • Take D & 7th Street exit
  • Left on D
  • Left on 7th
  • Right on G
  • NIFA at G & 9th


Directions from Virginia Railway Express (VRE)

  • Take the VRE to the L'Enfant Station located at 6th and 7th Streets at C Street, SW.
  • Use the 7th Street exit. At the bottom of the stairs, turn left on 7th Street.
  • Continue over the I-395 overpass and turn right on G Street.
  • From G Street proceed to 9th Street and turn left.
  • The Waterfront Centre is the building on the left.


Driving to the Waterfront Centre:

Driving from Baltimore

  1. Take the Baltimore Beltway (I-695) to Exit 7, Route 295 (Baltimore-Washington Parkway), going in the direction of Washington, DC.
  2. Drive approximately 20 miles to the Howard Road Exit.
  3. Proceed towards downtown Washington; exit onto I-395 South (Richmond).
  4. Once on I-395, take the 6th Street exit.
  5. Take 6th Street to Independence Avenue.
  6. Make a left onto Independence Avenue.
  7. Turn left (south) on 12th Street, and stay to the left.
  8. Merge onto Maine Avenue, SW.
  9. Continue to the first traffic light at Main and 9th Street, SW.
  10. The Waterfront Centre is the first building on the left.

Driving from the Northeast

  1. Take I-95 South to Route 50 West, which becomes New York Avenue.
  2. Turn left from New York Avenue onto 7th Street, NW.
  3. Continue across the Mall, and turn right on Independence Avenue.
  4. Turn left (south) on 12th Street, and 04/24/2013li>
  5. Merge onto Maine Avenue, SW.
  6. Continue to the first traffic light at Main and 9th Street, SW.
  7. The Waterfront Centre is the first building on the left.

Driving from the South

  1. Take I-95 North to I-395 North.
  2. Follow the sign for Route 1 North/14th Street.
  3. Turn right on C Street, SW.
  4. Turn right on 12th Street, and stay to the left.
  5. Merge onto Maine Avenue, SW.
  6. Continue to the first traffic light at Main and 9th Street, SW.
  7. The Waterfront Centre is the first building on the left.

Driving from Southern Maryland/Southeast DC

  1. Take I-295 North to I-395.
  2. Take the second exit ramp to 6th Street, SW. You will be headed north.
  3. Turn left on Maryland Avenue, SW.
  4. Turn left on 12th Street, and stay to the left.
  5. Merge onto Maine Avenue, SW.
  6. Continue to the first traffic light at Main and 9th Street, SW.
  7. The Waterfront Centre is the first building on the left.

Driving from the West

  1. Take Route 50 East or I-66 East from the Washington Belway and follow the signs for Roosevelt Bridge and Constitution Avenue.
  2. At the end of the Roosevelt Bridge, stay straight on Constitution Avenue and make a right onto 14th Street, NW.
  3. Turn left onto Independence Avenue.
  4. Turn right onto 12th Avenue, and stay to the left.
  5. Merge onto Maine Avenue, SW.
  6. Continue to the first traffic light at Main and 9th Street, SW.
  7. The Waterfront Centre is the first building on the left.

Driving from the Northwest

  1. Take I-270 South to I-495 (Washington Beltway) toward Northern Virginia.
  2. Follow I-495, cross the Potomac River and take the exit at the end of the bridge to the George Washington Parkway South.
  3. Take the Parkway to I-395 North.
  4. Follow the sign for Route 1 North/14th Street.
  5. Turn right on C Street, SW.
  6. Turn right on 12th Street, and stay to the left.
  7. Merge onto Maine Avenue, SW.
  8. Continue to the first traffic light at Main and 9th Street, SW.
  9. The Waterfron Centre is the first building on the left.

Driving Directions to Whitten Building

The Whitten Building is located at 12th St., SW and Jefferson Drive, directly across the street from the South Agriculture building.

Parking

  • Two- and three-hour metered parking is available on Maine Avenue, SW, and other side streets. Garage parking is also available along Maine Avenue.

Hotels

The nearest overnight accommodations to the Waterfront Centre include:

Related Street Map


 

NIFA laptop security policy and procedures

 

Background

While at NIFA, visitors often want Internet access to check their email or other home institution services. Other visitors require the Internet to access remote services to conduct demonstrations or for other reasons. To provide visitors with Internet access, NIFA has an external wireless local area network (LAN).

In order to protect wireless LAN users from viruses, Trojans, worms or other malware that could be inadvertently brought into the wireless LAN by visitors, a ll laptop computers coming into the NIFA Waterfront Centre, 800 9th St SW will be examined ng a network security threat and may significantly decrease the time it takes to go through the security verification process. We greatly appreciate your assistance and cooperation it will make your visit productive and to keep our network environment safe.

Laptop security verification process

When you arrive at NIFA's Waterfront Building, you will be issued a visitor's badge at the lobby security station. Individuals bringing in a computer of any kind should proceed to Room 1102 to have the computer verified for current virus protection software and operating system patches. During this procedure, a technician will ask you to complete a form providing your name and other identifying information and will physically inspect your laptop to ensure that it meets our technical requirements, detailed below.

  • If your system meets the requirements for NIFA wireless LAN access, the technician will place a removable sticker on your computer to indicate that access to the NIFA wireless LAN is permitted and will configure your system for a wireless connection.
  • If your computer does NOT meet the requirements for NIFA wireless LAN access and the wireless connection, we will not update your existing virus protection .dat file, the computer will receive a sticker stating "Network Access Denied " and you will not be able to connect your computer to the NIFA wireless LAN.
  • Once approved for network connectivity, you will be able to connect only to the NIFA wireless LAN. The wireless LAN provides access to the Internet and to the web-based NIFA applications such as PRS. You will not be allowed to connect to the NIFA internal production network.

 

Minimum laptop operating system requirements

Macintosh

  • OS X Operating System; if older OS version, current anti-virus software and current dat file (Norton or McAfee) must be installed.
  • Has all current operating system service packs and security patches installed.
  • Is equipped with current, licensed anti-virus software.
  • Has current virus table updates/patches ("datfile").
  • Has been fully scanned with virus detection software within 1 day off your visit.
  • No quarantined (virus infected) items resident on the computer.

 

LINUX

  • Linux (not dual boot) is acceptable; if the computer is configured to dual boot with Microsoft, it must comply with the criteria for Microsoft laptops.
  • Has all current operating system service packs and security patches installed.
  • Is equipped with current, licensed anti-virus software.
  • Has current virus table updates/patches ("datfile").
  • Has been fully scanned with virus detection software within 1 day of your visit.
  • No quarantined (virus infected) items resident on the computer.

 

Microsoft Windows

  • All Operating System critical, high-priority, and security patches (Hot Fixes) installed.
  • Latest Operating System Service Packs installed (i.e. XP - SP2, W2k - SP4, etc).
  • Is equipped with current, licensed anti-virus software. Virus protection software installed and configured for "On-Access" or similar real-time scanning.
  • Virus protection software "Auto Update" set to download antivirus definition files (.dat) daily.
  • Current (within 1 calendar day) antivirus definition files (.dat).
  • No quarantined (virus infected) items resident on the computer.
  • Has been fully scanned with virus detection software within 1 day of your visit.

 

Wireless access technical requirements

Most wireless enabled systems can be configured to access the NIFA External Wireless LAN. Laptop wireless network adapters must support either the 802.11b or 802.11g standards. We have successfully tested the five adapters below and found that the first three work best throughout the buildings.

Manufacturer

Part #

Cisco Systems

AIR-CB21AG-A-K9

Linksys

WPC54G

3Com

3CRPAG175

IOGEAR

GWP511

NetGear

WG511NA

 

Wireless network connection at NIFA requires that TCP/IP be configured for Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP). If you do not understand what this means, please contact your organization's network administrator or help desk.

Questions and feedback:

If you have any concerns or questions about the laptop scanning program or the wireless network, please contact your NIFA National Program Leader, or NIFA's IT Help Desk (C2IT) at 202-690-2910, email: C2IT@nifa.usda.gov.