The council expands on the work being done by the existing Technology Advisory Committee. The council will have three sub-committees: a Data Privacy Sub-Committee to provide advice related to the state's use and protection of private data and liaise with the Legislative Commission on Data Practices and Personal Data Privacy; a Cyber Security Sub-Committee to provide advice related to the protection of the state's IT infrastructure; a Modernization Sub-Committee to provide advice related to the state's largest and most complex IT projects. Each sub-committee will be comprised of five members of the council, as assigned by the council's chair. Each sub-committee will appoint a chair from its membership. The council may establish additional sub-committees as necessary to advance its work.
The council was established February 6, 2019 and will hold its first meeting in March 2019.
The council will prepare quarterly reports to the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, the Commissioner of Minnesota IT Services, and the Legislature, with the first report due by June 30, 2019. The quarterly reports will provide an update on the status of the above activities. The council expires on June 30, 2020.
Laws of Minnesota 2019, chap. 1, sec. 4 directs the chair of the council to conduct a review of MNLARS and produce a detailed report of the council's findings. The report, Independent Expert Review of MNLARS, was due and submitted on May 1, 2019. The review team's final recommendation was to replace MNLARS with a packaged software solution. When the report was released, Governor Walz announced his support for the recommendations outlined by the review team and his intention to seek a private software alternative for MNLARS.
On June 20, 2020 Governor Walz signed EO 20-77 extending the tenure of the Blue Ribbon Council on Information Technology through February 2021.
Laws of Minnesota 2021, 1st Sp. Sess., chap. 5, art. 4, sec. 144 directs "the most recent chair" of the council to conduct another "independent expert review", this time of MnDRIVE, the state's new vehicle title and registration system. The report, Driver and Vehicle Services: Report of the Independent Expert Review was published in January 2022.