Can we deobligate the additional A/E costs off of the construction contract from Firm A, and obligate those funds on the A/E contract-Firm B, to cover the additional inspection trips?
Since we do not have all of the facts pertaining to your requirement, solicitation/contract or contractor(s), the following answer is based solely on the background and question provided. As we do not have access to the contract folder or particulars that apply to this situation, we highly recommend you consult the Contracting Officer and possibly the Legal Office.
The clause at 52.246-12 (e) states, "The Government may charge to the Contractor any additional cost of inspection or test when work is not ready at the time specified by the Contractor for inspection or test, or when prior rejection makes reinspection or retest necessary." The relocation of costs from one contract to the other is dependent on the contract type as well as type of money.
Prior to attempting to move the funds, we recommend that you also consult with your finance office regarding the use of the funds.