The Virtual Astronomical Observatory has been officially funded by NSF and NASA.
Let's hope this is a new start with a more concrete set of tools astronomers can actually use to do science with.
Also today, the NVO has a new web-site out: http://www.us-vo.org/
New look, same old problems, I am afraid... I know, I know, I am just too negative, but I simply don't understand why the design of a new site is not left to those that know how it should be done...
For a detail critique of the new web-site usability see my previous post... :)