Ronald Reagan famously observed that "a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we'll ever see on this earth."
One key way to prevent the problem we have now - massive federal government growth and the buildup of federal regulations over time - from happening in the future? Make sure any regulation passed has an expiration date so instead of sitting on the books unexamined for decades at a time, each regulation is examined by Congress and a determination is made as to whether it should be re-upped.
Including sunset provisions in federal regulations would help prevent government tape from building in the future.
This is often referred to as including "sunset provisions" within regulations, as each would effectively sunset when its expiration date was reached
While the federal government doesn't use sunset revisions often, this practice has been used more widely -- with promising results. Read more about how states have used sunset review provisions to manage the build-up of red tape in this Mercatus study.
As stated in this Real Clear Policy article from 2012:
"The case for regulatory sunsets practically makes itself.
Back in 1997, the Heritage Foundation published a top ten list of obsolete programs, includingthe Rural Electrification Administration. Fifteen years later, all 10 are still around.
It isn’t just Jurassic-era programs like those that need reevaluation. The Transportation Security Administration, created in 2002, is a laughingstock among security experts, some of whom have been known to print fake boarding passes and sneak into secure areas for fun. A decade of failure is long enough, and public opinion sourly concurs. Congress should de-nationalize airport security. A sunset law would make the process less politically painful.
A federal sunset law would be difficult to implement since a lot of vested interests will fight very hard to keep their nests feathered, such as the politically connected companies that make the TSA’s ineffective full-body scanners. Enacting a sunset law could well require serious restructuring of congressional procedure. As the Cato Institute’s Chris Edwards notes, one way to create enough time for lawmakers to consider sunset commission recommendations would be to move to a two-year budget cycle with alternate years devoted to sunset commission proposals for reform and termination.
But it could be a huge step in deflating our bloated federal government. Given that a new Gallup poll puts Congress’ approval rating at a record-low 10 percent, some serious restructuring might actually be in incumbents’ best interest. Whether Congress takes it up for the right or wrong reasons is irrelevant. Results matter more than intentions, and an automatic sunset law would deliver results."