Two of the world's biggest technology trade organisations have confirmed that they are in merger talks.
The American Electronics Association (AEA) and the Information Technology Association of America (ITAA) want to combine resources to lobby the government for better treatment of the IT and electronics sector.
"Convergence, consolidation and the change brewing in Washington require us to speak with a louder and clearer voice," said AEA chairman Deirdre Hanford, senior vice president of global technical services at Synopsys.
"Our member companies compete in a global marketplace. In the US, in Washington and around the world, this merger would allow the US technology industry to further strengthen its partnerships with government for the continued advancement of technology."
The AEA has traditionally lobbied on hardware issues and the ITAA on the software industry, but some felt that this had led to a lack of focus and thus of influence.
"Together we would be the national technology association, unrivalled in size and clout," said ITAA chairman Hank Steininger, a managing partner at Grant Thornton.
"Our goal is a merger of equals that strengthens the industry by continuing the association consolidation we began in January.
"With a new Administration and Congress on the horizon in Washington, it is critical for the industry to present a united front."
The groups are frustrated with recent failures in lobbying for the technology industry.
The decision by Congress not to renew the research and development tax credit which expired in December was a defeat, and the industry is looking for more options on visas to import computing talent.
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