Official behind Ohio online checkbook to talk transparency

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel (man-DEHL’) is planning a teleconference with reporters to make an announcement regarding government transparency.

The event is scheduled Wednesday. The online checkbook Mandel’s office launched in 2014 has won kudos in national transparency rankings. It since has been expanded to include spending data from Ohio’s five pension funds and at least 100 more local government entities, including school districts.

Mandel, a former U.S. Senate candidate, has said he hoped to build one of the best such sites in the nation.

The U.S. Public Interest Research Group, which ranks such sites, moved Ohio from near the bottom to first in the nation last year for its transparency efforts.