That’s 11 zeros for those not counting. $23.7 trillion dollars – let’s take a moment of silence…. This astronomical number is the total liability that the government has racked up in its series of bailouts of the financial system, according to the Special Inspector General assigned to the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP). Neil Bartofsky is heading up the investigation into how the TARP funds are being used, as well as how the Treasury Department plans to increase transparency within the program.In short: “Don’t ask, don’t tell,” is the Treasury’s policy. Bartofsky, in testimony given before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee meeting today focused on the lack of transparency which leaves the taxpayers unaware of how their investments in the federal government have fared. The latest Quarterly Report shows the government liability from bailing out the financial services industry totaling $23.7 trillion. Most people are aware of the $800 billion in TARP funds that are on the line, but as SIGTARP emphasized, that is only a collection of 12 recent government programs invested. There are 50 other programs already in place that also need to be included in assessing the risk involved, forming the $23.7 trillion total.